Rules and Regulations

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

Be prepared. The parks are large acreage park facilities with some steep terrain. Pay attention to trail markers and map stands, and understand how to use both. Recommended items to bring include water, a park map, compass, and a cell phone (or whistle). 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 the park office for the quickest route back to the park office.

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.

Be alert. Wildlife is just that . . . WILD. Observe plants and animals from a safe distance. Watch for changing weather conditions and allow time to get back to your car before weather becomes severe. Wet trails can cause possible falls since the terrain is steep. Stay on the trails

Take care of your park and be considerate of other users.

  • The removal of any plant, animal, artifact or mineral is prohibited.
  • All Catawba County Parks are wildlife preserves. Hunting and trapping are not permitted.
  • Do not litter; throw trash in proper receptacles located throughout the park.
  • Smoking is not permitted in the park. Help prevent forest fires by observing this rule.
  • Fireworks, as well as firearms and all other weapons are not permitted. Carrying legally permitted concealed handguns in Catawba County Parks will be allowed.
  • The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
  • North Carolina motor vehicle and traffic laws apply in the park. Observe the posted speed limit.
  • Pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet. Pets are not allowed in park office or restrooms.
  • Dogs are allowed off leash ONLY in Dog Parks. A Dog Park Permit link to Dog Park Permits must be obtained.
  • Motorized bikes, four wheelers, and other off road vehicles are not permitted.
  • Picnic shelters must be left clean after use.
  • Use of the picnic shelters may be subject to reservation during high volume periods. Reservations must be made in person at the park office.
  • Camping is not permitted at this time.
  • Swimming or wading is not allowed at Riverbend since it is located next to a hydroelectric dam; the river water level rises quickly and currents can become very strong