Contact Information

  • Blair Rayfield, Park Manager
  • (828) 312-4803
  • Contact via email
  • Main Location:PO Box 389 Newton, NC 28658
  • (view all county locations)

St. Stephens Park

St. Stephens Park is located adjacent to the City of Hickory, the park design and natural features of this 9-acre park provide the visitor with a respite from the pressures of today’s fast paced world.


2247 36th Ave NE
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 441-7277
Fax: (828) 441-7276

Park Location Maps

Park Trail Map

Recreational Opportunities

A 1/3 mile hiking trail loop starts at the picnic area, leads through a garden, and then into a wooded area which allows you to experience nature, as if miles away from a city.

The garden features a walkway with children’s storyboards which entice a child to read “pages” from a book while being physically active. The garden is planted with native bushes that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Children can benefit from physical activity on the playground while older “kids” play a game of horseshoe.

An open picnic shelter with grills is available for family or group functions (reservations available by calling park office).

A fenced 1-acre dog park (permit required) Link to Dog Park Permits will allow your dog to run and play with other dogs without wearing a leash. Many owners visit the park each day of park operations, creating a social experience for themselves while providing necessary exercise for their pets. Leashed dogs are allowed on trails throughout the park.

A variety butterflies and birds can be seen gathering nectar from garden plantings or eating at one of the bird feeding stations

An indoor meeting/facility can be used for your educational programs (reservations needed), or your group could contact the park office for a guided outdoor interpretive tour. The park also sponsors educational events periodically. Watch for them on this website or on Facebook.

Please ask about ways you can volunteer to help maintain/improve our parks or sponsor a public event.

St. Stephens Park eBird Checklist