Contact Information

  • Blair Rayfield, Park Manager
  • (828) 312-4803
  • Contact via email
  • Main Location:PO Box 389 Newton, NC 28658
  • (view all county locations)

Dog Parks

Catawba County offers dog parks at 2 of our park locations, which create a social experience for dog owners and provide necessary exercise for their dogs. These are fenced areas where dogs can run and play with other dogs without wearing a leash (see below for permit requirements). Leashed dogs are allowed on trails throughout the park outside of the designated dog park areas.

Our locations offer considerable changes in topography that help enhance your dogs’ exercise possibilities. Riverbend’s 2-acre Dog Park is a wooded and grassy area, while St. Stephen’s Dog Park is a 1-acre grassy area with some trees.

Dog parks include waste stations, benches, tables, and shelters to protect users from the sun or rain. Entrances are double gated for safe leashing and unleashing. For health reasons, we request that you bring your own water and small water bowl.

Dog park locations:

St. Stephens Park
2247 36TH Ave NE
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 441-7277

Riverbend Park
6700 N NC Hwy 16
Conover, NC 28613
(828) 256-9157

Dog Park Brochure

Dog Park Location Maps

Dog Park Permit Requirements

Please read the Dog Park rules link to 8-2017 Dog Park Brochure Part A and 6-2010 Dog Park Brochure Part B and complete an application link to 6-2010 Dog Park White Insert for a Dog Park Permit Pass. You must have an official vet record indicating that Rabies, DHLLP and Bordatella shots on the application sheet are up to date. The fee is $20.00 a year per dog can be paid with cash or check only (made payable to Catawba County). Permit is valid for one year from purchase date.