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Tarboro Parks and Recreation

An Official NC “Fit Community”

Recognized as a “Fit Community” by Fit Together, a statewide initiative of Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina and the NC Health and Wellness Trust, to combat obesity and excessive weight, Tarboro enhances the quality of life of its residents with an abundance of parks and recreational/community activities.

The goal of the Parks and Recreation Department is to plan, develop and maintain safe recreational facilities and programs for the health, pleasure and educational use of the community and its visitors.

Braswell Center
1501 Western Blvd. // 252-641-4210

This facility features a game room, a multi-purpose full court gymnasium and basketball programs, two meeting rooms available for rent at a nominal fee, and a full Fitness Center with weight room, treadmills, Stairmasters, ellipticals, stationary bicycles, sit-up boards and an assortment of weight machines. In adjacent Braswell Park are two multi-purpose ball fields. Open: Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm; Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm; Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm; Closed Sunday.

M.A Ray Center
1405 Martin Luther King // 252-641-4215

This facility features a outdoor neighborhood swimming pool, gymnasium and basketball programs, meeting and conference rooms. Open: Monday - Thursday 12:00 noon - 8:00 pm; Friday 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm; Saturday 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm; Closed Sunday.  Call for summer hours beginning in June and ending in August for camps and seasonal programs.

Community Swimming Pool
401 Porter Street
// 252-641-4217
A swimming pool complex open to all Tarboro residents is located in the geographic center of town on Poplar Street, complete with a diving well, children's pool, competitive swimming pool, bathhouse, and patio/concession area. Open: Monday - Sunday 1:00 - 6:00 pm.

Tennis Courts
Assorted Locations

A total of eight tennis courts are available for area citizens. Four paved, lighted courts can be found at the Indian Lake Sports Complex, two at Braswell Park, and two at the eastern end of the Town Common.

Indian Lake Sports Complex
3300 Western Boulevard

This multi-million dollar complex features one regulation baseball field, four regulation softball fields, two soccer fields, four tennis courts and a playground. Enjoy participating in local and area sports or come out to watch great tournament play. Seasonal hours of operation.

Indian Lake Park
3202 Western Boulevard

52 expansive acres feature a scenic 6 ½-acre lake, an outdoor stage, a pavilion, nature trails, and campgrounds with tent sites, water, grills, tables and toilet facilities. Horseshoes and volleyball courts are also available. Park hours are from sunup to sundown.

Riverfront Park
Entrance East Panola Street

Located along the Tar River which is adjacent to downtown, Riverfront Park offers 25 acres of beautiful cypress lowlands, landscaped gardens and trails, and a boat ramp granting direct access to the river for boating and fishing enthusiasts.

Livesay Park
Speight Forest Neighborhood

Livesay Park in Speight Forest is a landscaped neighborhood garden park designed as an urban greenway. It has paths with benches in an attractive wooded setting.

Golfing in Tarboro

The Links at Cotton Valley
2681 Highway 258 South //  Phone: 252-824-0818

Established in 1998, this Johnson Golf Group-built, links style course offers 18 holes of golf with a driving range and practice facility. Cotton Valley is a Par 72 championship course with over 16,000 yards from the blue tees and a slope rating of 120. Its front side features two Par 3’s, three Par 5’s and five Par 4’s; the back side features three Par 3’s, three Par 5’s and three Par 4’s. With its 6,773-yard layout, its great course for beginning golfers to hone their skills and experienced golfers to enjoy a challenging game from the back tees. Cotton Valley is a member of the USGA and the GGA. Semi-Private. Memberships available.


Tarboro Canoe/Kayak Paddle Trails on the Tar River

Dunbar Road to Bell’s Bridge
12.5 miles, 3.5 hours paddling

Put in at the North Carolina Wildlife access on Dunbar between US Hwy 64 and NC 97. This narrow and winding section of the Tar River is rugged and scenic. The shallow water conditions and fallen trees make this section almost impassible by boat, but perfect for kayaks and canoes. Stop and rest or have a picnic on one of many sand bars that jut out at the bends of the river. Take out for this section at Bell’s Bridge located on NC 33 just north of Tarboro.

Bell’s Bridge to Riverfront Park
11 miles, 3 hours paddling

This paddle is along the Tar River and is sheltered the entire way. The put in is at Bell’s Bridge using the North Carolina Wildlife Access on NC 33 North approximately one mile outside the Tarboro city limits. Take out is at Riverfront Park in downtown Tarboro. Turn onto Granville Street off Main Street and continue to the park entrance. Paddling from Bell’s Bridge at NC 33, the Tar River twists for approximately five miles. Just before reaching marker 141, the entrance to Fishing Creek will be on the left. Downstream just past marker 143 will be historic Red Iron Bridge, a railroad trestle that will become a part of the new Tarboro Bike Trail. From this point, the river straightens out and continues to the Riverfront Park take-out in downtown Tarboro.

Riverfront Park to Old Sparta
8 miles, 2.5 hours paddling

Put in at Riverfront Park in Tarboro located near the Main Street Bridge between Princeville and Tarboro in historic downtown Tarboro. This section of the river is straight and wide, allowing you to enjoy the scenic beauty and wildlife of the Tar River. Take out for this section is at the NC Wildlife access off of NC Hwy 42 just east of the intersection of NC Hwy 42 and Colonial Road.


Cheryl Gay
Parks and Recreation Director
(252) 641-4276
(252) 641-4287 Fax

Warren Mitchell
Athletic Director/Center Supervisor
(252) 641-4277

Morgan Whitehurst
Senior Citizens Coordinator
(252) 641-4279

Niki Barnes

(252) 641-4264

Office Assistant III




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