Currently, this is a 300-acre natural park maintained by Friends of the Valdese Rec. There are no restrooms, no paved parking lot. But, it is beautiful and there is plenty to do! There are 4-5 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking, you can fish from the bank, picnic at the tables, launch a kayak from the shore and enjoy the views. Directions to the Park
Phase 1 With a budget of $762,001, amenities will include 4000 lin ft of greenway, restrooms, picnic area, dog park, wildlife viewing platform, kayak launch, walking trail to viewing platform, parking and entry road. The funding comes from grants (PARTF and DEQ) and community donations. No town money is being used. Ground breaking is set for May 2020.
A 150-foot bridge over McGalliard Creek is needed to complete the 2-mile greenway from Valdese Lakeside Park to McGalliard Falls Park. Donate Today to help with amenities and the bridge.
Valdese Lakeside Park is also along the route of the Wilderness Gateway State Trail that will connect Baker’s Mountain to South Mountain to Chimney Rock.
Valdese Lakeside Park Features (Proposed)
- Greenway Trail (DEQ Grant)
- Bridge connecting McGalliard Falls Park
- Kayak/Canoe Launch (PARTF grant)
- Picnic Area (PARTF grant)
- Restrooms (PARTF grant)
- Parking (PARTF and DEQ grant)
- Dog Park (PARTF grant)
- Educational Viewing Platform (PARTF grant)
- Open Green
- Additional Hiking Trails
- Mountain Bike Trails (7 miles of trails possible – can also walk/run)
- Mountain Bike Pump Track
- Disc Golf Course
- Fishing pier
- Multigenerational exercise equipment
- Natural Playground (ideas)
- Paved Walking Loop
- Observation Tower (ideas)
Valdese Lakeside Park Slide Show for Nov 3, 2017 Celebration thanking all involved in the land purchase.