Opt Outside in Rutherford County
Barfield Crescent Park , Murfreesboro This sprawling natural area is set along a beautiful stretch of the West Fork Stones River just off of Exit 81 on Interstate 24. The northern neck of Barfield Crescent Park is home to tr aditional Little League ballfields, regulation baseball fields , and multi - use fields for sports like soccer and field hockey. Sheltered picnic areas, a grass volleyball court, horseshoe pits and a couple of playgrounds round out the easily accessible outdo or options. Reservations are recommended for the picnic shelters. A championship 18 - hole disc golf course always has throwers prowling the terrain, searching fo r that perfect shot. The terrain is gorgeous for this popular sport, and the Middle Tennessee Disc Golf Association holds regular tournaments at the facilities. Further south, there are multiple trailheads serv icing more than seven miles of walking trails among 275 acres of land , some of which loop for just one mile, and i ncludes two walk - in campgrounds. The Wilderness Station is a popular destination for educational field trips and offers programs all year. Rec reational hikes, campfires, river trips and interpretive walks are all good excuses to be outdoors , and it’s easy to feel immersed in the forests of this deep ly wooded a rea. Veterans Memorial Park , La Vergne Up in La Vergne, which borders the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ’ Percy Priest Lake on the east side of town, there are numerous options for getting a taste of the outdoors. If you’re into fishing, skiing or tubing, the Hurricane Creek Recreation Area has a boat dock for launching large an d small watercraft . Poole Knob Recreation Area has over 80 campsites, flush toilets and a boat launch for entering the lake and an archery t rail. Veterans Memorial Park is one of the biggest, boast ing eight baseball fields, two pavilions, a soccer field, skate park, tennis court , in - line hockey rink , and 55 acres of open green area for picnics and family activities. Murfree Spring Wetlands , Murfreesboro Representing an innovative restoration project by the city of Murfreesboro, this former water treatment plant is a lush ecosystem of wetland marsh improbably located in the heart of town, with elevated walking trails, sculptures and numerous opportunities to peer into the vibrant environment below, filled with turtles and migra ting birds. The Discovery Center , a huge , multi - level building that anchors the wetland entrance, serves more than 120,000 children that visit the hands - on educational programs, museums and exhibits each year. The 25 - acre Murfree Springs Wetlands are free to visit, while the Discovery Center has an $8 admission for adults and children two years of age and older. Old Fort Golf Course , Murfreesboro Meandering along a particularly twisty section of West Fork Stones River and directly next to the historic Fortress Rosencrans, this public, 18 - hole championship course is a challenging Par 72, with myriad water featur es, chutes and dogleg turns. In addition, the course plays host to Bloomfield Links , a short six - hole training course that is designed for juniors and senior play. Golf clinics, leagues, a dr iving range and a huge putting practice area round out the city - owned facility. Lee Victory Park, Smyrna The most visited park in Smyrna , Lee Victory features softball, baseball and football fields, six tennis courts, basketball courts and serves as the trail head for the local greenway system , a network of walking and biking trails that connect many parts of town, including the tail end of Percy Priest Lake at Stewarts Creek Boat Ramp. Additionally, across the street is the 18 - hole Smyrna Golf Course , a publicly owned facility that includes a driving range, putting green and practice bunker. Murfreesboro Bark Park, Murfreesboro Let’s not f orget our four - legged friends; they deserve the time outdoors just as much as we do, and t he Murfreesboro Bark Park — located off West College Street near the General Bragg Trailhead and the Cason Trailhead — is prime territory for a little bit of canine play. Open seven days a week, Murfreesboro’s fenced, off - leash dog park has running water and plenty of seating for owners, as well as a separate space for small dogs to mingle. It’s also adjacent to an unfenced area that runs parallel to the woods and the rive r if you’re feeling adventurous (just be sure and pack your pup’s leash if you leave the confines of the fence).