In addition to the base map featuring the main trails and icons, there are also additional maps with more tools, trails, future features, and more.
The Friends of the Valdese Rec would like to welcome you to Valdese Lakeside, a 325 acre municipal park ith ongoing construction set to be completed by November 30th. Currently, the park is maintained by the Friends of the Valdese Rec volunteer organization. We hope that enjoy your visit to Valdese Lakeside Park!
The Friends of the Valdese Rec is currently accepting donations for construction of a 150 foot suspension bridge connecting McGalliard Falls and Valdese Lakeside Park. Donations are accepted through Facebook, Paypal, Mail, or a Stock donation.
Planning to go out on the water? Duke Energy manages the water level and publishes information about this. We recommend putting in at the Table Rock Viewing Site less than 0.1 miles down the Greenway.
Want to see all the wildlife found at the park? The park is home to a variety of species. A generous sampling of the park wildlife can be seen on the zakklab site.
The park is home to a number of trails. Tap the trail name to see more information.
The most prominent trail in the park, running adjacent to the lake and its tributary throughout. Featured sights include:
Not recommended until a future bridge project comes to fruition.
The creek runs to the left side for the majority of the trail. A third of the way in, a good photo opportunity can be found on the left side, with access to the creek and an unusual tree overhang.
The beginning and end of the trail can be a little steep. There are many elevation changes throughout the trail.
For casual walkers, the Meditation Point trail is recommended instead.
4 feet wide, freshly built, and level. Has great water views and a rock halfway along the trail that you can go down and sit on and fish or take photos.
No bikes allowed because this is a heavily trafficked trail and collisions could occur.
This trail runs from the start of red to the start of the Lake Rhodhiss Drive (the access road leading into the park).
Throughout the trail there are many places to see the creek and a picnic area with a table and chairs. Halfway through the trail there is a beaver dam but rainfalls do wash it away frequently. The last part of the trail walks very close to the creek and there are some ups and downs and turns. At the very end you reach Lovelady Rd, where you cross the bridge to get back to Lake Rhodhiss Drive.
A wooded trail along the side of the power lines that stays in the shade. Throughout the trail there you gain/lose 150 feet in elevation making the climb the most difficult part of the trail.
A difficult trail starting along Hoyle Creek and going up to Red. There is a small creek crossing with wooden planks allowing you to cross it. The width and terrain of the trail varies.
Founded in April 2015, the Friends of the Valdese Rec is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation. Our mission is to support the Valdese Parks and Recreation Department with volunteer hours and fundraising for the betterment of the Department, while at the same time benefiting the town, the citizens and the environment.
The driving force in starting Friends of the Valdese Rec was to acquire 300 acres of land at Lake Rhodhiss between the Wastewater Plant and McGalliard Falls and construct a park with trails, kayak launch, disc golf, playground and picnic areas. The Town of Valdese successfully closed on the property at the end of January 2018, with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony from within the park in March.
You can read more of the history at FVR's web site.
Here are some of the features available in this app:
You can track your location in the app by tapping the hiking man icon in the app and your location will be shown on screen. On supported devices, your orientation will also be shown.
The menu in the top right corner will open a menu that allows you to change what trails you can see on the map, toggle different markers on and off, as well as changing the map overlay image.
The icons you see on the map are clickable and will tell you about that location.
The info button icon in the top left corner provides more information about the park along with summaries and pictures of all the trails here.
You can install the app on any device and it works offline:
In Safari, tap the center icon along the bottom and scroll down until you find "Add to Homescreen"
In Chrome, Tap the bottom prompt that says "Add to Homescreen"
Help us with our mission to support parks, recreation and programs in Valdese. You can choose the target for your donation, including focus on the Suspension Bridge or donating to our General Fund.
Friends of the Valdese Rec, Inc is a 501c3.
Bobcat - Cyan
Coyote - Orange
Deer - Tan
Fox - Red
Heron - Blue
Egret - White
Geese - Gray
Turkey - Purple
Birds (Crow, Owl, other small Birds) - Yellow
Nutria - Dark Brown
Mink - Pink
Beaver - Black
Otter - Lime
Skunk - Green