A 300-acre natural park maintained by Friends of the Valdese Rec. There are no restrooms, no formal parking lot. But, 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 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 2020.
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. It will also be a part of the Catawba River Trail.
Valdese Lakeside Park Features (Proposed)
- Greenway Trail
- Bridge connecting McGalliard Falls Park
- Kayak/Canoe Launch
- Fishing pier
- Picnic Area
- Dog Park
- Wildlife Viewing Platform
- Open Green
- Additional Hiking Trails
- Mountain Bike Trails (7 miles of trails possible – can also walk/run)
- Mountain Bike Pump Track
- Disc Golf Course
- 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.