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alert Catawba County offices will be closed Thursday & Friday, Nov. 23-24, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. County parks, convenience centers and the Blackburn Landfill will be closed Thanksgiving Day only.
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Rivberbend Park Bakers Mountain
St Stephens Park Dog Parks

6700 Hwy 16 N
Conover, NC 28613

Phone: (828) 256-9157
Riverbend Home

6680 Bakers Mountain Road
Hickory, NC 28602
Phone:(828) 324-8461
Bakers Mountain Home

2247 36th Ave NE
Hickory, NC 28601

Phone: (828) 441-7277
St Stephens Home

Blair Rayfield, Parks Manager
Phone: (828) 312-4803
Email Parks Manager

Catawba County Parks


Hours for All Parks
Closed Wednesdays

November - February: 9 AM - 5 PM
March and October: 9 AM - 7 PM
April - September: 9 AM - 8 PM
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve and Day
Ranger on duty during park hours

Catawba County Parks features three parks which protect the County’s and offer passive recreation opportunities such as hiking, running, picnicking, wildlife viewing in a natural habitat. Each of these parks has a distinctive “personality.”
  • Riverbend Park is located in the northern part of the County along Hwy. 16. This 450-acre park provides a fresh water wetlands, upland forest, and hiking along the Catawba River.

  • Bakers Mountain Park is located in the southwestern part of the County. This 189-acre park is on a mountain, offering views of the Catawba Valley, and vegetation natural to the higher elevations.

  • St. Stephens Park is located adjacent to the City of Hickory, in the northwest part of the County. This 9-acre park provides a natural respite within an urban area.
Preserving Catawba County's Natural Heritage