Crowder District Park

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Crowder District Park

A day at Crowder District Park offers environmental education programs and exhibits and outdoor recreational activities for visitors of all ages. The park includes a 2.7-acre pond for viewing wildlife, educational gardens, picnic shelters, playgrounds, accessible trails, amphitheater, play field and sand volleyball. Free admission. Hours: Daily, 8am-sunset.


Crowder Park opened in 1998 to serve nearby communities. The park's 33 acres offer a closeness with nature along with the accessibility of maintained trails.

Crowder Pond:

The park was built around Crowder Pond to provide both an aquatic habitat for animals and for use by the educational staff to provide hands-on water quality educational programs.

Outer Loop Trail:

The paved trail leading around the edge of the park runs about 8/10 of a mile. It makes a wonderful scenic tour as you go by the Bird garden, Prairie garden and the Theme garden near the Heron shelter.

Inner Loop Trail / Pond Trail:

The inner loop trail circles Crowder Pond. This trail takes you across the boardwalk. This loop also includes the observation deck near the dam. This trail is approximately 3/10 of a mile in length.

Observation Deck (formerly called Fishing Pier):

Due to the small size of the pond and pressure on the resources, fishing is now prohibited at Crowder Park. The deck is still a great place to view the pond and all of the wildlife that call it home. For additional information, please contact the park office at 919-662-2850.


Crowder has three covered picnic shelters located around the park. Each shelter has a charcoal grill and playground access.


All along the outer loop trail are gardens focusing on different themes or purposes. The Bird garden and the Prairie garden are located along the outer loop trail between the office and the open play field. The theme garden is nestled behind the Heron shelter, and the butterfly garden is next to the office.

Open Play Area:

The open play area includes a baseball backstop, a sand volleyball court, and a general play area. It is open to all and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Continuing Improvements:

Crowder Park is always improving and adding new features to park grounds. If you are not familiar with the most recent additions, or would like to know what we intend to improve next.

Gardens and Wetlands:

Butterfly Garden:

The Butterfly garden is located just outside the park office. The garden is made up of many different species of plants that are attractive to butterflies – both the adult and larval stage. If you enjoy spotting butterflies on your travels, this garden is an excellent place to start. Anyone who is interested in starting a butterfly garden is welcome to browse, and park staff will be happy to offer more information on plants that are attractive to butterflies. Thanks to Girl Scout Troop 592 for their help updating this garden while they earned their Bronze Award.

Bird Garden:

Crowder's Bird garden is located along the outer loop trail toward the office. Here, we have planted trees and vines that provide shelter, food and nesting materials for the birds at the park. Bird feeders have been installed to attract birds into viewing range; however, most birds are still very cautious around people. A flier about the different types of feeders developed by an Eagle Scout is available in the park office.

Prairie Garden:

Farther along the outer loop is the Prairie garden. This garden is made up of grass common to North Carolina prairies. Today, these prairies exist in scattered patches across the state. With the loss of prescribed burns done by Native Americans, these grasses are choked out by quicker growing, non-native grasses and trees. An interpretive panel offers a view of what the prairie landscape may have looked like.

Theme Garden:

Located next to the Heron shelter is the Theme garden. Every year, a new theme is chosen and a new garden is planted. This year's theme is a "Sensory Garden," constructed by the home school gardening class in the spring. It contains plants and flowers chosen by the children that appeal to your many senses. Signs indicate which of your senses each flower will stimulate.

Projects and Improvements:

Asphalt Trail Repair:

The asphalt trail repair and renovation around the perimeter of the park has been completed. A new, easier-to-walk-on surface is now in place. There are still areas at the edge of the trail that need reseeding. Due to staff shortage this process will take longer than initially anticipated. Thank you for your continued patience during this time.

Pond Boardwalk Renovation:

The boardwalk that crosses the west end of Crowder Pond is in need of renovation to the decking and the side rails. Park staff is replacing the entire deck of the boardwalk, installing new side rails and installing a new sitting bench to replace the current one. Due to the nature of the work, available staff and other park needs, the project will not be completed until fall. When construction is taking place, it will be necessary to close off access to areas of the boardwalk periodically from both sides; however, the trail over the opposite end of the pond can be used to reach the picnic shelters, play field and tot lots. The result will be a new boardwalk for all park visitors to enjoy.

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