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.
Blue Trail (3.5 miles, moderate)
Green Trail (4.3 miles, moderate)
Red Trail (3.9 miles, moderate)
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.
River, marsh, grassy meadow, loblolly pine and hardwood forests.
Catawba County Parks Newsletter
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