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Safety Tips for Riverbend Park

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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Check in at the kiosk.
This allows park staff to know who is in the park and is intended for your safety.

Be prepared. Riverbend is a large acreage park with some very steep terrain. Pay attention to trail markers, map stands, and understand how to use both. Recommended items to bring include water, a park map, compass and a cell phone (or whistle).

Be alert. Wildlife is just that . . . WILD. Observe plants and animals from a safe distance. Do not harm or remove plants or animals. Because Riverbend Park is located next to a hydroelectric dam, the river water level rises quickly and currents can become very strong. As such, swimming or wading is not allowed in the river. Watch for changing weather conditions and allow time to get back to your car before weather becomes severe.

Be wise. Know your physical limitations. If possible, take a partner. If you become lost, go to the nearest map stand to help you determine your location, or call (828) 256-9157 for the quickest route back to the park office. Remember the Catawba River is the northern boundary of the park. If you follow the river upstream, it will lead back to the fishing platform or the dam.

Know the trail conditions. Wet trails can cause possible falls, since the terrain is steep.

Use appropriate safety equipment. If biking at Riverbend Park, helmets and other safety equipment are suggested. Some of the bike trails are technical, very narrow and steep. If canoeing or kayaking, approved life jackets are suggested. Keep in mind that water levels and currents change rapidly.

Use common sense. Most of all have fun and enjoy the natural beauty of Riverbend Park.

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