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1 day ago

Beautiful winter afternoon. River is very high.

2 days ago

off trail
over grown
14 days ago

The first part of the trail is easy to follow but at the upper elevation and the route makes a left at the intersection with a road you will find yourself bushwacking down the hill to complete the loop. Not well marked.

private property
15 days ago

Hey, I liked it a few months ago — not for shredding but for a nice ride through the woods along the River. It was quiet and green, and you do cross a creek and have to either pick your way the last quarter mile or ride up to New Gray Rock Road to reach the nice landing Duke built by the dam. Early, near Cherry Road and the interstate, Founders has built several benches and river overlooks — very pleasant. RECENTLY, however, just beyond a creek crossing across the river from Fewell Island, a crossing requiring that you turn up the creek away from the river to find a narrow place to cross, the trail is barred with yellow tape and No Trespassing signs. It is at a power line cut. The point to point, go see the dam aspect of the trail is shot to hell. I call on Founders or Fort Mill or Duke or the Carolina Thread organization to help finish negotiating crossing rights to complete the trail and keep the riverside accessible to the public. Is this a lovely local trail along a waterway available for the enjoyment of the public? Not in Nottingham.

Took my dog after I got off work. Nice trail for him to get out and stretch his legs. We only were able to do about a mile before the sun started going down. Parked at the parking area between the 2.25 and 2.5 mile post, walked to the 1.5 mile post and then turned around.

This is not hiking!! This is a greenway path that is very nice! But it’s heavily congested area with runner, bikes, family strolling, dog walker and women yacking!!! A great family day walk! Love love love the river!!! It’s a beautiful walking asphalt path with trees! PS about just over a mile of the path was closed today.

21 days ago

Peaceful walk at night from campground.

Very easy walk. Paved the whole but it ends at some boulders that provide a great view of the river. It’s also a good swimming and fishing spot.

Nice walk. Nature trail in spring when birds migrating. Today a couple turtles and a frog.

Our family loves this path to go for a walk but it's not the same as going hiking. It is always very busy with bikes, runners and dogs. Jan 20 - the end of the path is closed for construction at the 3 mile mark. We saw a bald eagle today too!

Our family loves this path to go for a walk but it's not the same as going hiking. It is always very busy with bikes, runners and dogs. Jan 20 - the end of the path is closed for construction at the 3 mile mark.

1 month ago

We found this trail by chance when we were actually looking for a different riverwalk. We were pleasantly surprised by this surprise trail though. The view of the water is nice and the bridges are really neat to walk under. Though this might not be the most nature filled trail, it’s a nice spot for being so close to a populated area.

This Greenway is a well traveled paved trail bordering the Catawba River in Fort Mill, SC. Trail is well cared for and scenic views are plentiful. There are mountain biking trails and kayak access also. The AllTrails App displays this trail as 4.5 miles; I recorded 6 miles out and back. The trail does continue further up the Catawba River but was marked as closed the day I went. This portion of the Riverwalk Greenway Trail is a part of the Carolina Thread Trail, connecting North and South Carolina through several counties. This greenway is well traveled by the locals and a nice venue for out of town visitors. There’s a few rolling hills that keep your walk interesting but don’t expect much climbing. Nice for family walks and morning jogs. Parking lot is a fairly muddy area across from the “Pump House” Restaurant but there’s parking on the street if you get there early enough. If you live close enough, you’ll become a regular ... it’s worth the drive. Hike on !!

Lovely stroll along the creek/river. Today was muddy and there were some large standing puddles that we had to just suck it up and walk through to get to the end towards the mill ruins - which we saw no sign of ruins. Where are they? Went back the other way and explored the waterfall. Had lunch near the base of it and then climbed the hill to get to the top. Pretty cool! Loved the beach area and will be bringing the grands in warmer weather to play in the water. Perfect, wide, sandy beach.

Beautiful views of the Catawba River. Paved path. Nice rolling hills.

2 months ago

Nice walk along a service road for the sewer system. About 1 mile into the walk there is a gate that was closed and padlocked. Overall very quite and peaceful.

Nice trail to run on. Paved the entire way, good incline/decline, and nice views of the river. The trail did have a "trail closed" sign about 2.75 miles in, though.

We loved the history this trail told. If you love to see hand made history it was a beautiful journey! We might have gained a ton of technology but looking at this ...we have lost so much in trade! Our opinion! Have a beautiful day!!!

Great paved trail. Easy for all except one small incline. Search YouTube for “Uncl3Mik3Mik3 Trail-Away”

Easy simple short

City asphalt trail. Nice city walk with river on the side. Also called Piedmont Medical trail. Trail actually is longer than listed as it goes to River Park. The one way all the way to River Park is about 3.25 miles. Meaning it’s really 6.5 miles out and back.

In the summer months this trail can be very hot on the asphalt with little shade in some spots.

This is a great, well maintained trail for a simple morning jog with my dog! No problems at all!

This is a great greenway for a nice long walk with your family or pets. All paved along the Catwaba river with some inclines. Great for walking, biking, running. It does get pretty crowded so be prepared. Will definitely be going back!

A waste of time. First of all the map on this app has you crossing water... Second, the short trail that is available is only 0.2 mi from start to finish. That’s it, nothing else.

mountain biking
4 months ago

My go to trail on the way home after night shift (7:30am). The trail to the dam offers scenery and a few challenging areas but an overall easy ride to get the blood pumping. You can also ride the disc golf trail to get more mileage in, although none of the trails (hiking trail included) are marked for mountain bikes. I ride the entrance road, through the camp grounds to enter the trail. Then I ride to the dam and follow the trail back to the parking area. Then over the bridge and back - around the loop a couple of times to make 5 miles. Will add the disc golf trails next time.

mountain biking
4 months ago

As previously mentioned, this is NOT a loop trail. 10' wide paved path with benches for resting. There are a few decent sized hills. Lots of people using the trail during the day. Follows the river for scenery. There are mountain bike trails that you enter from the trail. There is a trail map located about .5 mi into the trail from Riverwalk showing the mountain bike trails. They have green, blue and black trails available. I followed the green trail which was easy (of course) and added .5 mi to the 3 mi round trip trail. The blue trail looked to be much longer.

I have KAYAKED this area many times. Excellent for family float trips any time when there hasn't been rain, but when Duke Power is releasing water from the dam (check the schedule online). If you go when there isn't a water release, it WILL be rocky. There are 2 WALKING/HIKING trails along the eastern shoreline of this section of the Catawba also. I don't know why they aren't listed on this map, but they are part of the Carolina Thread Trail. You can access both of them from Riverwalk or River park. One trail (Founders Trail, 2.3mi one way) starts at River walk, goes across the Hwy21 bridge, loops around at Hwy161 (Sutton Rd) and comes back under the Hwy21 bridge and on up the Catawba to a parking area (trailhead). The next trail (Mason's Bend Trail, 1.9mi one way) starts a little ways up from that trailhead. https://www.carolinathreadtrailmap.org/trails

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