Claremont Library is closed through Saturday, May 25 due to A/C issues.
County Offices, Libraries, and Blackburn Construction/Demo Landfill are closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.
Blackburn Sanitary Landfill, Convenience Centers and Catawba County Parks will be open.

St. Stephens Park

St. Stephens Park is located adjacent to the City of Hickory, the park design and natural features of this 9-acre park provide the visitor with a respite from the pressures of today’s fast paced world.


2247 36th Ave NE
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 441-7277
Fax: (828) 441-7276

Park Location Maps

Park Trail Map

Recreational Opportunities

A 1/3 mile hiking trail loop starts at the picnic area, leads through a garden, and then into a wooded area which allows you to experience nature, as if miles away from a city.

The garden features a walkway with children’s storyboards which entice a child to read “pages” from a book while being physically active. The garden is planted with native bushes that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Children can benefit from physical activity on the playground while older “kids” play a game of horseshoe.

An open picnic shelter with grills is available for family or group functions (reservations available by calling park office).

A fenced 1-acre dog park (permit required) Link to Dog Park Permits will allow your dog to run and play with other dogs without wearing a leash. Many owners visit the park each day of park operations, creating a social experience for themselves while providing necessary exercise for their pets. Leashed dogs are allowed on trails throughout the park.

A variety butterflies and birds can be seen gathering nectar from garden plantings or eating at one of the bird feeding stations

An indoor meeting/facility can be used for your educational programs (reservations needed), or your group could contact the park office for a guided outdoor interpretive tour. The park also sponsors educational events periodically. Watch for them on this website or on Facebook.

Please ask about ways you can volunteer to help maintain/improve our parks or sponsor a public event.

St. Stephens Park eBird Checklist