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Catawba County To Host Hikes At Parks On New Years Day

To kick off the new year, the Catawba County Park System will host First Day Hikes on January 1, 2023 at Bakers Mountain Park in Hickory, Mountain Creek Park in Sherrills Ford, and Riverbend Park in Conover. The hikes begin at 10:00 a.m. and will be led by Catawba County park rangers. There is no fee to participate, and advance registration is not required.

Details about the events can be found on Catawba County Parks’ Facebook page at or by calling Riverbend Park at 828-256-9157, Mountain Creek Park at 828-465-9645 or Bakers Mountain Park at 828-324-8461.

The First Day Hikes launch the Park System’s year-long participation in North Carolina’s “Year of the Trail,” a statewide initiative designed to showcase, promote and celebrate trails, greenways and blueways in “the Great Trails State” throughout 2023. The chosen year is significant, as 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1973 North Carolina Trails System Act, which created the state’s Trails Program. For more information about Year of the Trail, including upcoming trail events across the state, visit

Additional information about the Catawba County Park System and the more than 50 municipal parks and trails across the county is available at