Parks and Recreation

Catawba County Parks are a division of Catawba County Planning, Parks and Development Department. The group was formed in 1999, and it operates three parks:

Riverbend is a 450-acre park that protects the watershed for the Catawba River. There you can canoe, fish, hike, or mountain bike.  There is a dog park, a wildlife habitat, and bird feeding areas.

Bakers Mountain Park was opened in 2002 and preserves 189 acres at Catawba County’s highest elevation. It is also the location of the County’s largest mature forest. There is a 6-mile hiking trail, an observation platform, picnic areas, grills and a gazebo.

St. Stephens Park began in 1979, and features a 1/3 mile loop trail, a picnic shelter, playground, horseshoe pits and a bird feeding area.

The City of Hickory maintains many parks as well. You can search for them here.

Download trail information here.