Recreation and Health

goal: expand, enhance trails, greenways and parks

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  • Matrimony Creek Nature Trail: this trail was primarily funded by a grant from the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund and was completed in 2018. It is a beautiful trail along Matrimony Creek that ends at a spectacular waterfall. It is located next to Hampton Heights Baptist Church on west Washington Street.
  • Matrimony Creek amenities package: signage, seating, kiosks and mile markers created in rustic style by local vendors Freeman Woodcrafters and Hair General Contractors were installed at this trail in August 2019. They add to the picturesque beauty of the trail.
  • Sunflower Field at the Smith River Greenway: a sunflower field was planted at the greenway in summer 2019. Next year, the field will be enhanced with wildflowers as well.
  • Dan River Nature Trail: starting at the Leaksville landing, this trail runs behind the Karastan Rug Mill and ends at Bridge Street. It connects with the Smith River Greenway Loop on King’s Highway. City staff built this trail when it was repairing damage from the 2018 hurricanes.
  • Bridge Street and Mill Avenue Walking Paths: funds were allocated to repave walking paths at the Bridge Street and Mill Avenue recreation centers. 
  • Freedom Park RV Pad: ten pads available for rent at the park all come with water, sewer and electrical hookups. 
  • Freedom Park Dog Park: this park is divided in two separate areas, one for large dogs and one for small. There are benches for pet owners and water fountains for their furry friends.