Riverbend Park (35.820142, -81.188045)
Bike Trail Canoe Access Fishing Wheelchair Accessible Park Office Bathrooms Picnic Area

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County: Catawba
Acres: 450
Trails: 11.7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Park Hours:
8 AM - 6 PM Nov - Feb
8 AM - 7 PM March & Oct
8 AM - 8 PM April - Sept
Only open Fri - Mon
Closed December 24th & 25th

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Overview
Riverbend Park is located along the Catawba River just downstream of Oxford Dam on Lake Hickory. This park is filled with diverse habitats making it great for wildlife viewing. There are nearly 12 miles of hiking trails as well as a canoe launch, picnic areas, and fishing.

Trails
Blue Trail (3.5 miles, moderate)
Green Trail (4.3 miles, moderate)
Red Trail (3.9 miles, moderate)


Wildlife
The diverse habitats make this park excellent for birding. Loon, grebe, cormorant, bittern, great blue heron, green heron, great egret, various ducks and geese, vulture, osprey, bald eagle, northern harrier, various hawks, American kestrel, ruffed grouse, turkey, northern bobwhite, American coot, owl, woodpecker, hummingbird, and various songbirds. Also found at this park are white-tailed deer, opossum, salamander, frog, turtle, and various butterflies. In the small fishing pond there are bass, bream, yellow perch, and catfish.

Plant Life
River, marsh, grassy meadow, loblolly pine and hardwood forests.

Landmarks
Catawba River

External Links
Official Site
Catawba County Parks Newsletter

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