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Come Outside and Play

Ready to hit the trail? The incredible, scenic landscape of Catawba Valley beckons. Breathe in the fresh air, gaze out at serene lakes and streams, sleep under the stars or simply take a contented walk in the woods. Enjoy walking and fitness trails, swimming, boating and more.


Public Parks

Bakers Mountain Park


6680 Bakers Mountain Road - Bakers Mountain Park is located on the highest point of elevation in Catawba County (1780 feet). The park features 189 acres of mature Chestnut Oak forest with nearly 6 miles of trail to explore. You will experience a variety of wildlife and plants that are native to the North Carolina Mountains. Come and explore the beauty and diversity of Catawba County's natural heritage at Bakers Mountain Park.


Winkler Park



2500 Clement Blvd. NW, Hickory. Picnic shelter with tables & grill, playground equipment, restroom, walking, fitness & nature trail, horseshoe pits.


Glenn Hilton, Jr. Memorial Park



2000 6th St. NW, Hickory. Picnic shelter with tables and grill, playground equipment, restroom, gazebo, walking, fitness & nature trail, canoe access, horseshoe pits.


River Bend



Hwy. 16 at River Bend Rd. Designed to preserve the existing natural beauty of the area, the 475-acre scenic park features walking, horseback and riding trails, fishing, rafting, canoeing and wildlife observation decks.


Southside Park



South on Hwy. 321, Newton. A 27-acre park featuring: group picnic shelters, amphitheater, concession and restroom facilities, playground area, informal ballfield, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, paved parking for 125 cars, open area for informal activities.


South Mountain State Park



Connelly Springs (18 miles south of Morganton on State Route 1904). The park’s 100,000 acres offer visitors hiking, horseback and bike riding along its mountain trails. It also offers numerous waterfalls and cascades, as well as camping, picnic areas and fishing.