Riverbend Park - Trail, Hickory, Carolina

Riverbend Park - Trail, Hickory, Carolina

DESCRIPTION

475 acre park with hiking and biking trails, canoes, kayaks, and rafting. Call Park office: (828) 256-9157 for hours. Bikes are allowed on the blue trail everyday.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 09, 2008]
B. R. Cheese
Weekend Warrior

OK guys, River Bend is yet to become a MTN Bike mecca, but I think they're doing what they can given their budget. Good news..no more fees and HORSES ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED! Yaaeeeaa! I started riding the park not long after it opened, and yes they did some stuff to piss me off, but I must say that I appreciate being able to take my toddler son somewhere local to do some fun trail riding. I can attach his tow-bike to mine and we just have a ball. There are some fun boulders to climb on, and you can fish, or hike, or picnic down by the Catawba river. There are fun sections in the park, especially if you increase your speed. Beware of getting in the water. When the "gates" aren't open on the dam, the water level is low enough to walk all the way across the river (impossible for canoeing)...when the dam releases, THE WATER WILL BE OVER YOUR HEAD AND TOO SWIFT FOR A CHILD TO MAKE IT BACK TO SHORE...AND YOU WILL LIKELY NOT HEAR THE WARNING HORN BECAUSE OF THE TRAFFIC ON THE BRIDGE. So if you wade in the pristine waters of the Catawba, don't go too far from shore. When the water is up, its fun-time for the canoers/kayakers. They have a fine portage area. If you desire to ride some rooty technical stuff, stay to the right out of the upper parking area. Most of the other trails have decent climbs and some fun downs. If you take the main trail out of the upper lot, there is a loop that spurs off to the right that has some great jumps. Ride wherever you want, they're not going to call the cops if you get on a hike only trail, but use your bell and common sense because you will likely meet foot traffic. And don't skid, they aren't staffed to groom behind you on a regular basis.
With the right volunteer crew, and some regulation trail building, RIver Bend COULD become a MTB mecca.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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3
[Aug 25, 2007]
hendog
Downhiller

waste of $2.

Customer Service

springs road back home.

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1
VALUE
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1
[Jul 12, 2007]
alamator
Weekend Warrior

Agree 100% with scaryslow. These once fine trails are in a sad state. I've told park staff about trails but haven't done a thing in months. Some of the snagged trees are a big safety issue. All of my favorite trails have been either dozed, widened or shut down to bikes. I don't mind getting off the bike to remove fallen debris, but I can't pack a chainsaw with me.

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Itusi, Dark Mountain

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 07, 2007]
scaryslow327
Cross Country Rider

Fun ride good work out but it needs to maintained better. The Blue trail would be a great ride if they would clear the trail. My friends and I had to get off the bike several times to clear trees. One word chainsaw.

Customer Service

Blue trail

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Lake Norman State Park, Tsali, Bentcreek

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4
VALUE
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3
[Aug 18, 2004]
brayfiel
Weekend Warrior

Has anyone been there since spring 2004? Just like I said – it has firmed up - grown back in (tight) and turf has controlled the erosion. And guess what... if some idiot breaks a leg I can get you to medical attention out there quickly. I believe the trails are in the best condition ever. For the record, I am the Park Manager and the bike trails are not just for the hard-core enthusiast. About 30000 patrons a year visit the park. Less than 8% are horse users and 6% is bikes. The 2004 fees for horses are $8 a day and a significant increase over last years fee and now all bikes are $2 a day. We have posted signs to keep horses only on the green trail. The Blue trail is exclusively bike and some of the changes we made last winter enabled it to be completely self-contained instead shared with horses. The trail grew back in and is better than ever. It is easy to be critical of work that has been done if you are not the one doing it. I can also understand that unlike myself everyone does not have a degree in horticulture, turf management, or ecology. We are bike friendly, we want to make environmentally sound, safe and fair improvements. Do believe all the lies you read - come and see for yourself. I have never ridden a horse and none of my staff do. Remember - this is a county park and it is for all the citizens to use not just the hard-core rider. I welcome any constructive input and volunteers.

Customer Service

Stay on the entire Blue Trail for the total experience.

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3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 03, 2004]
B. R. Cheese
Cross Country Rider

I must agree with ALAMATOR. Forget my glorifying review from May of 2003. Things have changed. The once natural nature trail format so condusive to fun mountain biking and hiking has been replaced by park boys with park toys. Don't kid yourself Blair Rayfield County Parks Supervisor (brayfiel@catawbacountync.gov); The removing of topsoil and clearing of canopy WILL NOT IMPROVE TRAIL CONDITIONS for people who know what a real trail is, ESPECIALLY IF IT IS HORSED OUT! What the budding intellectual has done is effectively RUINED an exceptionally pleasant, self maintained trail so that they can have a trail that will accomidate their park staff go carts and their John Deere work buggies, and oh not to forget, their beloved horse owners. Not that I am surprised. I have seen one of the park attendants riding a horse on more than one occasion, and the former head of the parks department is a horse owner. Surely they weren't jealous of the bike trails were they? Jealous or not, 80% of the wonderful single track is no more, and the other 20% is due to be cleared as soon as the d%#@ f*@%s can get the Bobcat back in action. In summary, the park is pro horse. If you're a horse owner, head on down to the River Bend Horse Blower's Association. If you are a hiker or a biker, don't waste your time unless you enjoy mud and horse s#!t. They could easily fix the problem and create new single track for hikers and bikers alike, but they won't. You can't teach and old dog new tricks, but you can't teach a dumb dog anything.

Customer Service

The one that takes you to a STATE park.

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HWY 16

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1
VALUE
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2
[Jan 17, 2004]
Amanda
Weekend Warrior

nice ride i bet. listen im trying to find tony talley..he loves to ride. very good rider.. if you know how i can get a hold of him please let me know...

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 16, 2004]
alamator
Weekend Warrior

As to the previouis post, I wrote to the park superintendent voicing my displeasure at their "improvements". He assured me that it was the beginning of an improvement program that he says will make trails better. That remains to be seen. He also said that he will be looking for bikers input on more technical items in park. Mr. Rayfield said to be patient and by early spring it should be in good shape. Lets hope so.

Customer Service

There is still some good single track on highway side of park. It's a blast but still wish they would have left the rest alone.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 04, 2004]
alamator
Weekend Warrior

This place once had a decent bike trail system, but now it SUCKS! They brought in a Bobcat loader and scraped an 8 foot wide path on 95% of the once single track trail. Roots are sticking up all over and its so soft you can hardly roll downhill. Horses have torn it up so bad in places that its almost unrideable. I just can't believe the county was that stupid. It's supposed to be NATURAL not graded. I am highly displeased! Errrrr! This place is very close to my house and before this, my only complaint was the fee. I'm not sure when I'll be back...if ever.

Customer Service

Anything BUT the bike routes. They are all RUINED!

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Hickory South Shore, Pee Wee's, Dark Mountain, Itsui trail.

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1
VALUE
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2
[May 09, 2002]
Allan

Combo horse,bike,hike trails are pretty wide open and fast,(watch for others). The strictly bike trails are in good shape and there is some single track for more advanced riders. Most of it is pretty easy but it is nice and there is rarely more than 4 or 5 people in the whole park. The biggest turnoff is the fee. Great place to ride. I love it.

Customer Service

Ride to upper parking lot for horses and go to bike trail on the right side. If you stay all the way right, you drop into pretty steep single track - stay to left on hiking trail and take 4 mile loop around to pond and then river. Beautiful ride - lots of wildlife

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Hickory Jaycee Park, Brown Mtn

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4
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