The wait is over! RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls, known locally as the Bullhole, will reopen this Friday, May 28th, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend!
Last June, the RiverPark executive committee made the difficult decision to close the park after an unprecedented number of visitors resulted in multiple public safety issues including the inability of first responders to quickly access the park.
RiverPark’s board and volunteers worked diligently to prepare the park for reopening and implemented some changes to ensure its efficient operation. The park now also has a full-time manager to see to day-to-day operations. The park also has new hours and will charge for entry in the summer months to supplement operational costs and to help maintain and improve the areas for visitors as they strive to keep it a clean, family-friendly park.
“Grants have recently been approved for updating the restrooms and entrance signs,” said Addison Davis, park president. “We are really looking forward to getting the work done.”
The park features an impressive stone dam, a sandy beach deposited by a flood, and good fishing in the spring and fall. Many bring their bathing suits to swim and “ride” the little rapids. There are scattered picnic tables and benches along its beautiful wooded trails and the big shelter can be rented for larger gatherings. The restrooms are located near the main parking area. Portages are available for canoeing and kayaking.
An entrance fee will be charged daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, as well as on weekends in April, May, and September
RiverPark is located at 645 Erwin Temple Church Road, Woodleaf, North Carolina. Follow the park’s Facebook page to get regular updates on events and closings due to weather or Yadkin River flooding.