If you haven’t been to Riverwalk
, part of the Carolina Thread Trail
, in Rock Hill, pick a pretty day and grab your sneakers or throw your bike in the car for this excursion, less than 30 minutes from Uptown.
Riverwalk (officially the Piedmont Medical Center Trail
) is a smooth, paved three-mile (one way) trail that meanders along the banks of the Catawba River. It is mostly flat, but includes some undulating stretches that keep it interesting. And some bridges, including one canopy-covered, add to the appeal.
This is a popular destination, but the 10-foot-wide paths easily accommodate both foot and wheel traffic (a perfect place for strollers, skates, scooters and bikes. Note: bicycle speed limit is 10 mph.).
The trail begins in a large gravel parking lot tucked behind the Riverwalk Community and next to the iconic Pump House restaurant
(grab a rooftop lunch or dinner when you’re done exploring!). This parking lot has porta-potties, but no restroom facilities.
The trail ends at River Park
, which is a lovely place to play and explore (consider starting your excursion from that end of the trail if you’d like!).
Both ends of the trail offer kayak and canoe launch spots. And along the trail you’ll find benches, garbage cans, and pet stations. The trail is lush, but only partially shaded, so don’t expect a tree-bathing venture. You can, however, expect a peaceful escape into nature.
Keep in mind, the trail is located in a flood plain and is subject to flooding, so keep the recent or forecast storms in mind when planning your visit.
How to get there:
The Riverwalk parking lot and trailhead are located at 575 Herrons Ferry Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730.
Don’t forget to pack
- Water: Stay hydrated and pack plenty for during and after your excursion; there are no water fountains for refill.
- Snacks: Bring a granola bar or two to keep your energy up.
- Comfortable shoes: Sneakers will do.
- Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen: The trail is only partially shaded.
- Bikes, scooters, skates, strollers, etc.: This is a perfect trail for both feet and wheels. Don't forget your helmet!
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