Dog Park Read about our Dog Park at Riverbend.
Enjoy fishing from the bank of the Catawba River or the 3/4 acre pond at
the back of the park. Bass, bream, yellow perch and catfish are the common
species. Regulations of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
apply for fishing at Riverbend Park.
Most picnic tables are located close to the river. Benches can be found
throughout the park. Almost any open spot along the river or in the meadows
is perfect to spread out a blanket and enjoy the surroundings.
The park provides 7.8 miles of trails for mountain biking. This portion of trail provides a technical,
single lane course for the biking enthusiast. Please be courteous to others
using the trail.
Twelve miles of trails lead you through Riverbend Park. Enjoy a shoreline
trail that follows the river under the shade of mature river birches and
beech trees. An ADA accessible river observation platform is located just
off the lower parking lot at the trailhead. There are single lane natural
trails and wide gravel/grass based trails that guide you through hardwood
forest, grassy meadows, and Loblolly Pine forest. The most level trails
are located near the river. Because of our unique location, you will see
great diversity in plant life and wildlife.
Canoe/ Kayak Access:
The access ramp, which is a short distance from the lower parking area,
allows you to begin your trip just below the Oxford Dam outlet. The park
does not provide canoes or kayaks, so paddlers must bring their own equipment.
Please use caution as the hydroelectric dam creates rapid water level changes
and strong currents. The nearest public takeout is at the Lookout Shoals
access area 10.5 miles down river.
Wildlife and Habitat Observation:
A great variety
of habitats and wildlife can be observed at Riverbend Park. Along the river,
you will find wetland habitats home to a variety of birds, reptiles, and
mammals. Park visitors quite often see great blue herons, Canada Geese,
and Wood Ducks. American Bald Eagles have been spotted on most days at the
back of the park near the river. In the upland habitat white-tale deer,
wild turkey, and various other birds and mammals can be found. You will
also find a variety of plant-life. Riverbend Park is mostly hardwood and
loblolly pine forest. There are several grassy meadows and wonderful displays
of seasonal wildflowers in bloom.
Education and Events:
To arrange educational or interpretive programs for your group or class
please contact the Park Office.