All county offices will be closed on Friday, March 30, 2018. Libraries will also be closed on Saturday, March 31. County Parks will be open both days.

Contact Information

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


Catawba County Parks are places where visitors can experience the County’s natural habitat and enjoy the outdoors while hiking, running, biking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Each of these parks has a distinctive "personality" so before coming, ask yourself, "What would I like to see or do today—climb a mountain, kayak down the river, take my dog to play with other dogs, or stroll along nature trails to enjoy the view?"

Riverbend Park is located in the northern part of the county along the Catawba River. This 450-acre park provides opportunities for nature viewing along the river, hiking or running in a varied terrain, mountain biking, or experiencing upland forest and fresh water wetlands. The park is in the process of being expanded by another 200 acres.

Bakers Mountain Park is located in the southwestern part of the county. This 189-acre park allows visitors to climb a mountain and see views of the Catawba Valley, and vegetation natural to the higher elevations.

St. Stephens Park is located next to the City of Hickory. This 9-acre park offers a dog park so your furry friend can play with other dogs. It also offers a playground and a 1/3 mile hiking trail which makes one feel like they are alone in nature, far from the urbanized world.

The future Mountain Creek Park is currently being developed in Sherrills Ford on Lake Norman in the southeastern part of Catawba County. This 589-acre park will offer extensive mountain biking trails, kayak and canoe launches, hiking and running trails, and primitive camping, among other amenities.

Park Hours

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