RiverPark At Cooleemee Falls

RiverPark is Hiring

RiverPark is seeking to fill the positions of Park Manager (full time) and Park Specialist (part-time). The job postings can be viewed or downloaded on the website at the Job Postings page here.

Interested persons should review the job descriptions and submit an application to riverpark@cooleemee.org.

The Park is Temporarily Closed

RiverPark continues to be closed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and guidelines from the State of North Carolina. We look forward to reopening the park as soon as practical to those who know and love the Bullhole so much and to new visitors from throughout the region. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We’re just as anxious as you are!

RiverPark opens at 8 a.m. and closes at sundown.

The park features an impressive stone dam, a sandy beach deposited there by a flood, and good fishing in the spring and fall.

Girls flost and relax in the water at RiverPark in Cooleemee, NC


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 handsome big shelter can be rented, perfect for family reunions or church gatherings. The restrooms are located near the main parking area. (restrooms currently closed for COVID-19)

Contained grilling is allowed in the park except under the main shelter.

Swimming and water activities are at your own risk—there is no lifeguard on duty.

RiverPark urges its patrons to wear an old pair of tennis shoes in the river to prevent accidents on the granite bedrock bottom, known for its slippery moss. Please note the park rules when you enter.

Park Rules

There are regular police patrols to enforce the park rules. You may also read and download the full version of the Park Rules HERE.


Did you know that you can reserve the park’s large picnic shelter for special events like church gatherings, family reunions, and weddings? 
The rates are $45 for half-day, $85 for a full-day, and $175 for a wedding.  

To make a reservation, please call Aaron Thies at Town Hall at (336) 284-2141 or email him: athies@cooleemee.org.

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Directions to River Park

From town, take NC Highway 801 South across the S. Yadkin River, turn right on Needmore Road, right on Erwin Temple Church Road and keep going until you reach the parking area. NOTE: For those who use GPS devices, the actual RiverPark address is 645 Erwin Temple Church Road in Woodleaf, NC 27054.  

Get Park Updates

Follow the park Facebook page to get regular updates on events and closings due to weather or Yadkin River flooding.

The park is a beautiful, family-friendly place. Please work together to keep it that way!

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