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Riverbend Park

Announcement: The lower riverfront parking lot, canoe access, and picnic shelter is now open! Thanks for your patience during the river observation platform construction project!

6700 Hwy 16 N
Conover, NC 28613
Phone: (828) 256-9157

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Blair Rayfield, Parks Manager
Phone: (828) 312-4803
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  Riverbend Park is located along the Catawba River in the northern part of the county. The Park entrance is off Highway 16 just before the Oxford Dam.

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

    Recreational Opportunities
  • 1 mile of shoreline and a 3/4 acre pond for fishing
  • Canoe/kayak access to the Catawba River
  • 12 miles of hiking trails
  • 7. 8 miles of mountain biking trails
  • Picnic areas
  • 1,000 sq ft meeting/educational facility (reservations available)
  • 20 x 45 open picnic shelter near river (reservations available)
  • Wildlife habitat viewing areas
  • 2 acre fenced Dog Park (permit required)
  • Leashed dog walking
  • Educational and volunteer opportunities
  • Bird checklist

Riverbend Park features 450 acres and 12 miles of trails to explore in this beautiful river basin park. You can experience a variety of wildlife habitats that range from fresh water wetlands to upland forest. Come and explore the beauty and diversity of Catawba County's natural heritage at Riverbend Park.
Preserving Catawba County's Natural Heritage