Valdese Greenway


Valdese Lakeside Park Side Closed through Monday, April 17

(Access to the bridge is possible from McGalliard Falls Park – video of half mile walk)

Friends of the Valdese Rec has raised the $250K needed for updating the grassy greenway to 10-foot wide crushed cinder. Thanks again to: Rostan Family Foundation and a Direct State Grant led by Rep Blackwell for the majority of the funding; Dianne Searcy for sponsoring the end of year match and our individual/small business donors.


How can this nature preserve be so close to the shops and dining of Downtown Valdese?

That will be your first question when you spot the great blue heron whose habitat is in the cove. Travelling 2 miles mile along Lake Rhodhiss and McGalliard Creek  you will spot wildlife, flora, rock formations, water views and so much more. Once your escapade is complete and your soul rejuvenated, take the seven minute drive back to Main Street for refreshments!

Start your adventure at Valdese Lakeside Park (1149 Lake Rhodhiss Dr NE)  or McGalliard Falls Park (400 Falls Rd)

McGalliard Creek Bridge located 0.5 miles from McGalliard Falls Park and 1.4 miles from Valdese Lakeside Park.

  • Picnic Tables
  • Fishing from Shore
  • Kayak Launch
  • Overlook at Meditation Point
  • 40-foot tall and 200-foot wide waterfall


Trails that follow the Valdese Greenway or are one trail away!