Valdese Lakeside Park

A 300-acre forested property
1149 Lake Rhodhiss Dr NE

**Park Construction has started**
Parking is now at Lovelady Road for limited access to the park.

Interactive Trail Map


What can you do at the park (after construction)?

  • Hike & Mountain Bike – 7 miles
  • Picnic at the tables
  • Launch a kayak from the shore
  • Fish from the bank
  • Enjoy the views

Owned by the Town of Valdese & maintained by Friends of the Valdese Rec, the park is open dawn until dusk for you to explore at your own risk. This park would not exist without funding from grants and community donations, plus all the volunteer hours.

Interactive Trail Map

Phase 1 Construction Summer 2021
4000 linear ft of greenway, restrooms, dog park, wildlife viewing platform, kayak launch, parking and entry road.

What else is coming? A 150-foot bridge over McGalliard Creek to complete the 2-mile greenway from Valdese Lakeside Park to McGalliard Falls Park.

Donate Today to help with the bridge and amenities.

Driving Directions & More Maps

Trails that run through Valdese Lakeside Park or are one trail away!

Other items of interest

Lake Rhodhiss – From the Duke Energy Shoreline Management Plan
The Rhodhiss Development is a relatively small development within the Catawba-Wateree system, located northeast of Morganton in Burke and Caldwell counties, North Carolina. The development includes a reservoir, dam, powerhouse, and transmission line. The reservoir (Lake Rhodhiss) has a surface area of about 2,724 acres and approximately 106.8 miles of shoreline at a Normal Full Pond Elevation of 995.1 feet (AMSL).

Rhodhiss Dam – Built in 1925