Begin your visit to Riverbend Park by checking out the feeders near the office for American Goldfinch, Northern Cardinal, Mourning Dove, Brown-headed Nuthatch and Song Sparrow. In winter, look for Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, Dark-eyed Junco, and White-throated and Fox Sparrows. The areas around the office parking lot can be good for migrating songbirds in the spring and fall. Walk or drive to the lower parking lot near the river. The area from the platform to the canoe access can also be a productive stop during the spring and fall migration; watch for Bald Eagle year-round. During the winter, look for gulls, ducks and herons in the river. During the breeding season, watch for Cliff Swallow, Eastern Kingbird, Osprey, Great Egret and, in late summer, migrating shorebirds. From the platform, follow the Red Trail down the river. Once you reach the Blue Trail, take it up through the early successional area. This area is very good for fall migrants and winter sparrows. Continue on the Blue Trail to the Green Trail. From here you can turn right and go back to the office, or turn left and explore more of the park.
Species of Interest (Full Bird List)
Bald Eagle, Broad-winged Hawk, American Woodcock, Cliff Swallow, Cedar Waxwing, Scarlet Tanager
dry coniferous woodlands, oak forest & mixed hardwoods/pine, early successional, river/stream/wetland
Access and Parking
The park and visitor center are open 8am to 6pm, November - February; 8am to 7pm, March and October; 8am to 8pm, April - September. The park is closed on Wednesdays.
From I-40, take Exit 132. Take NC 16 north for 8 miles. The park entrance is on the right, just before the Catawba River crossing.
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