Martinsville Parks and Recreation: Nature for Everyone
The Morgan County Parks & Recreation Board, headquartered in Martinsville, works hard to keep up with the phenomenal growth in Morgan County, of which Martinsville, Indiana is the county seat. Throughout the city, there are walking trails, streams and woods, all taken care of by the city parks operators. Martinsville parks offer all types of activities and space for special Martinsville events such as birthday parties, weddings and family reunions.
Little towns in the county such as Beech Grove, Briarwood, Monrovia, Mooresville, Bluffs, Fox Hill, and Waverly Woods are so close together that sharing parks and other amenities is common. It is, in fact, not unusual for city folks from nearby Indianapolis to visit Martinsville parks in search of the small town nostalgia that’s hard to find in downtown Indianapolis.
Chief among the many Martinsville parks is a sprawling 90-acre space filled with woods and dales that is located within the Martinsville city limits and used to be called City Park. It has been renamed the Jimmy Nash City Park, in honor of a recent civic leader. It is here that the community gathers for holiday celebrations such as the annual Christmas Light Display, the Haunted Trail put up for Halloween and the traditional Independence Day fireworks.
There are private park-like areas to enjoy in the small hamlet, including the Martinsville Country Club on State Road 37. This lovely 18-hole course is meticulously cared for and quite popular with golfers for its challenges and beauty. In addition, many established outdoor camps grace the city, such as the Highland Lakes Baptist Camp and the Barbara B. Jordan YMCA.
Video of a drive through the Morgan-Monroe State Forest in Martinsville, Indiana
Only a few minutes south of the city is the Morgan-Monroe State Forest, an enormous and beautiful 24,000 acre preserve that meanders through Morgan County and beyond into southern-central Indiana. The preserve offers 21 campgrounds and picnic areas, as well as pristine lakes for swimming and fishing, in-season hunting and some famous hiking trails. Visitors are encouraged to rent Draper Cabin for an authentic experience back to the past when there was no modern plumbing or electricity.
Martinsville is a microcosm of the beautiful, rolling landscape and deciduous trees and woods of its home state, Indiana, making Martinsville parks natural wonders that need to be seen to be believed.