Best Parks in Rowan County for Getting on (or in) the Water


Looking to cool down on a warm summer day? Whether you’re looking to hop in your kayak or splash with your kiddos, Rowan County has parks for it all:


Lake Corriher Wilderness Park: Lake Corriher Wilderness Park is home to two beautiful lakes perfect for camping, fishing, paddle boating, kayaking, hiking, disc gold, picnics and more. Boat rentals are available and fishing accessories are available for purchase. Learn more about Lake Corriher Wilderness Park by checking out this blog by Rowan County native, Ashley Duncan, or by visiting their website.


High Rock Lake: High Rock Lake is the northernmost of the Uwharrie Lakes and the second largest lake in North Carolina. It is a 15,000 acre reservoir on the Yadkin River and features excellent boating and fishing opportunities. Public boat ramos are located at Tamarac Marina and at Wildlife Access. Learn more about High Rock Lake by checking out this blog by High Rock Lake resident, Joyce Caron-Mercier, or by visiting their website.


Eagle Point Nature Preserve: If you’re looking for a spot to kayak or canoe, Eagle Point Nature Preserve is your perfect spot. It’s both scenic and serene, plus it’s likely you’ll see wildlife on the ground or in the air. Bald Eagles, Barred Owls, Egrets, Great Blue Herons and more are often spotted at the preserve. Learn more about Eagle Point Nature Preserve by checking out this blog by Rowan County native, Ashley Duncan, or by visiting their website.


Dan Nicholas Park: Dan Nicholas Park has an entire list of attractions, including on and in the water. The Water Plaza is one of the newest additions to Dan Nicholas Park, and also one of the most popular. Admission to the park and the Water Plaza are free. If you’re hoping to enjoy the water, but stay dry, hop on a paddle boat. You’ll catch the best view of the bridge from the center of the lake! Admission to the park is free, admission to paddle boats is $2 per person for 30 minutes. Kids 3 and under are free.  Learn more about Dan Nicholas Park by visiting their website.


Village Park: Village Park in Kannapolis is home to their Splash Pad with water cannons, geysers, jets, and designated areas for different age groups. Admission to the park is free, admission to the Splash Pad is $1.50 per person. Learn more about Village Park by checking out this article from the Independent Tribune, or by visiting their website.


RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls: RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls is an 80-acre park shared by Rowan and Davie Counties. Whether you’re exploring, canoeing, kayaking, fishing or swimming, the RiverPark is a relaxing family destination for water activity. Learn more about the RiverPark at Cooleemee falls by checking out this article from Our State Magazine, or by visiting their website.