Rock Hill, SC Running Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
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Antiquity Greenway

0.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Avon and Catawba Creeks Greenway

1.9 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Bakers Creek Greenway

1.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Caldwell Station Creek Greenway

2.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Kings Mountain Gateway Trail

4.3 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Gravel

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

11.78 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Lower McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek & Four Mile Creek Greenways

5.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Gravel

Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail

1.7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

McDowell Creek Greenway

1.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Peak to Prosperity Passage (Palmetto Trail)

10.8 mi
State: SC
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Sand

Piedmont Medical Center Trail

3.35 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Boardwalk

River Birch Trail

1.1 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Gravel

South Fork Rail-Trail

2 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Torrence Creek Greenway

1.9 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

8th Street Greenway

0.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Baxter Village Trail

3.3 mi
State: SC
Dirt, Grass, Sand

Briar Creek Greenway

1.4 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail

2.1 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Charlotte Rail Trail

3.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Brick, Concrete
Accordion

Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways

2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

McAlpine Creek Greenway

4.4 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Shelby Rail-Trail

1.5 mi
State: NC
Dirt

Twelve Mile Creek Trail

6 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Highland Rail Trail

1.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Waterford Trail

1.5 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Dirt

Southport Road Path

3 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Concrete

York Bicycle Trail

1 mi
State: SC
Asphalt

Bailey Road Multi-Use Path

2.33 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Bessemer City Park Trail

1.3 mi
State: NC
Boardwalk, Concrete, Dirt

Campbell Creek Greenway

1.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Clark's Creek Greenway

2.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Cottonwood Trail (SC)

1.25 mi
State: SC
Dirt

Croft Passage (Palmetto Trail)

12.6 mi
State: SC
Boardwalk, Concrete, Dirt

Drayton Mills Trail (Palmetto Trail)

2 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Concrete

Emerald Necklace

13 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Four Mile Creek Greenway (Town of Matthews)

2.3 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Glendale Shoals Trail

0.6 mi
State: SC
Dirt

Irish Buffalo Creek Greenway

2.7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Lindsay Pettus Greenway

2 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Mallard Creek Greenway

4.66 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Gravel

Pacolet Nature Trail

0.9 mi
State: SC
Asphalt

Plum Creek Greenway

0.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

South Prong Rocky River Greenway

2.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Toby Creek Greenway

2.7 mi
State: NC
Boardwalk, Concrete

West Branch Rocky River Greenway

2.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Wetland Trail

0.5 mi
State: SC
Boardwalk
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Antiquity Greenway is a half-mile segment of the Town of Cornelius' growing collection of multiuse paths and is part of the trail loop called the Emerald Necklace. The paved trail begins on Zion...
NC 0.6 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
The Avon and Catawba Creeks Greenway has several neighborhood entrances in Gastonia. The 1.9-mile trail winds alongside Catawba Creek and Avon Creek with a few small bridges crossings along the way....
NC 1.9 mi Asphalt
The paved, scenic Bakers Creek Greenway follows its eponymous creek, connecting two parks in central North Carolina's Kannapolis. The trail is part of the Carolina Thread Trail, a network of pathways...
NC 1.5 mi Asphalt
Caldwell Station Creek Greenway is 2.6 miles of paved, smooth multiuse trail through the woods and wetlands of Cornelius. The trail is a local treasure, popular with locals for a workout in nature, as...
NC 2.6 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
Kings Mountain Gateway Trail is situated in a beautiful natural park setting offering a picnic shelter, restrooms, drinking fountains, and parking. Much of the park is heavily wooded and the trail is...
NC 4.3 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Little Sugar Creek Greenway, part of the Carolina Thread Trail, runs along eastern Charlotte and will one day stretch more than 15 miles down to the Catawba River in neighboring South Carolina....
NC 11.78 mi Asphalt, Concrete
On the southern outskirts of Charlotte, a series of connected greenways along creeks form a horseshoe-shaped path of nearly 6 miles. The pathway is primarily paved with wooden boardwalks over creeks...
NC 5.8 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Gravel
The Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail, known locally as the Lincolnton Rail-Trail, offers a chance to explore the heart of this small Southern town, highlighted by a stately courthouse, model Main...
NC 1.7 mi Asphalt
The Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail is just a short segment of what will eventually become the 12-mile Hub City Connector, which itself will be part of the larger Palmetto Trail, a proposed 425-mile...
SC 1.9 mi Asphalt
About 12 miles north of Charlotte, the McDowell Creek Greenway links the communities of Huntersville and Cornelius and is included in the Emerald Necklace trail loop. The paved, 1.6-mile route is also...
NC 1.6 mi Asphalt
The Peak to Prosperity Passage segment of the Palmetto Trail offers an easy, flat route for most of its 10-mile journey. The views from the bridges are beautiful, plus there are ample opportunities...
SC 10.8 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Sand
Following the Catawba River, the Piedmont Medical Center Trail (formerly the Riverwalk) stretches 3.35 miles through Rock Hill near the border between North and South Carolina. The route is part of...
SC 3.35 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
Constructed in 1981 as the city of Spartanburg's first mixed-use trail, the River Birch Trail was in rough shape, with vegetation overgrowing the route and the surface cracked and failing, until the...
SC 1.1 mi Asphalt, Gravel
As you might expect, the South Fork Rail-Trail closely follows the South Fork of the Catawba River on the south end of Lincolnton. The trail rests atop a former rail corridor within land preserved by...
NC 2 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
Torrence Creek Greenway offers a pleasant route through meadows, woodlands, and wetlands south of Huntersville. Along the paved, 1.4-mile route, the trail offers many points to access the surrounding...
NC 1.9 mi Asphalt
The half-mile 8th Street Greenway begins at North Loop Road and follows a tree-lined northwesterly route to Bakers Creek Park, where it connects to a trail of the same name which is part of a regional...
NC 0.5 mi Asphalt
The Baxter Village Trail is nestled in a neighborhood of Fort Mill, which lies on the northern border of South Carolina (Charlotte, North Carolina, is just over the state line). The trail has a...
SC 3.3 mi Dirt, Grass, Sand
Briar Creek Greenway will one day stretch 6 miles through Charlotte and connect to the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Currently, the trail is open in two disconnected segments totaling 1.4 miles. The...
NC 1.4 mi Asphalt
The Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail provides a 2-mile moderately challenging hike or mountain bike ride in the rural community of Mount Pleasant, about 30 miles northeast of Charlotte. The unpaved trail...
NC 2.1 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Enjoy the Charlotte Rail Trail as it journeys through the heart of Charlotte along the city's LYNX Blue Line light rail system. As the trail traverses the city streets from Uptown, it passes the...
NC 3.5 mi Asphalt, Brick, Concrete
Accordion
The Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways cover 2 miles of trail alongside their namesake creeks in Charlotte's city center. The Irwin Creek Greenway begins at Ray's Splash Planet and travels...
NC 2 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel
The McAlpine Creek Greenway is a picturesque 4.4-mile trail that runs through a lush green corridor in south Charlotte. Following the McAlpine Creek through woods and wetlands, this multiuse...
NC 4.4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
Shelby's rail-trail winds through the western edge of the city between West Grover Street and Dixon Boulevard. Following the former right-of-way of Norfolk Southern Railroad, the unpaved pathway...
NC 1.5 mi Dirt
The Twelve Mile Creek Trail, which runs northeast from Walnut Creek Park over the South Carolina/North Carolina state line to Waxhaw, is part of the Carolina Thread Trail—a growing trail network of...
SC 6 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Highland Rail Trail is named for the neighborhood that it runs adjacent to as it travels through Gastonia along the former Carolina and Northwestern (C&NW) Railway. Although short, it offers an...
NC 1.6 mi Asphalt
The Waterford Trail is a 1.5-mile segment of the Carolina Thread Trail, a system of trails and greenways in the Carolinas. Beginning by the River Park kayak/canoe launch, the wooded trail meanders...
SC 1.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Dirt
Southport Road Path follows the south side of Southport Road from Cedar Springs Road to South Avenue. Heading west from Cedar Springs Road, the multi-use path passes the 295 Sports Complex, a DMV...
SC 3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
In northern South Carolina, only about 30 miles southwest of Charlotte, lies the quaint city of York. A paved bicycle trail runs through the heart of the community from its city park to its recreation...
SC 1 mi Asphalt
The Bailey Road Multi-Use Path links Caldwell Station Greenway with the Plum Creek Greenway, which connects to the South Prong Rocky River Greenway. A portion of this multiuse pathway—from where...
NC 2.33 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Beginning less than half a mile from downtown, the Bessemer City Park Trail offers a quiet natural retreat. The 1.3-mile route begins at the basketball court in Bessemer City Park and quickly dives...
NC 1.3 mi Boardwalk, Concrete, Dirt
The Campbell Creek Greenway is a 1.8-mile paved trail that runs through Mecklenburg County in the greater Charlotte metropolitan area. The greenway is surrounded by beautiful natural areas, including...
NC 1.8 mi Asphalt
Clark's Creek Greenway is a beautiful trail located in the city of Charlotte. It spans a total distance of 2.5 miles and is a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts, families, and locals out with their...
NC 2.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel
A natural-surface trail that runs through the gorgeous Edwin M. Griffin Preserve just outside the center of Spartanburg, the Cottonwood Trail offers a lovely path into the wooded landscape surrounding...
SC 1.25 mi Dirt
Note: Due to the recent flooding, the Advance America Bridge along the Croft Passage has been washed away. The bridge was located between the southern trailhead and mile marker 1 and crossed over...
SC 12.6 mi Boardwalk, Concrete, Dirt
Note: Lower Drayton Mills Trail is currently closed for construction, but Upper Drayton Mills Trail is open.  Meandering around and through the City of Spartanburg's eastside, the Drayton Mills...
SC 2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Emerald Necklace is a developing 13-mile trail loop of greenways and multiuse paths in the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville. The route makes use of portions of the Caldwell Station...
NC 13 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Following its namesake waterway, the Four Mile Creek Greenway connects downtown Matthews, Squirrel Lake Park, and the surrounding neighborhoods in the Town of Matthews. A joint project between the...
NC 2.3 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
Located in the quiet, rural outskirts of Spartanburg, SC, the Glendale Shoals Trail provides a lovely path for visitors to explore some of the natural beauty of the area. The natural-surface trail...
SC 0.6 mi Dirt
Running alongside the Irish Buffalo Creek north into the City of Kannapolis from the border with the City of Concord, this trail provides an enjoyable route for both recreation and commuting.  The...
NC 2.7 mi Asphalt
Running through the City of Lancaster, the Lindsay Pettus Greenway is a hard surface, ADA compliant multi-use trail that connects neighborhoods, schools, and local businesses, as well as providing...
SC 2 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
The Mallard Creek Greenway is a scenic multiuse trail located in Mecklenburg County and winds its way through lush woodlands, alongside picturesque creeks, and through peaceful residential...
NC 4.66 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Pacolet Nature Trail is a paved trail in the quiet rural community of Pacolet, located along the banks of the Pacolet River. The trail matches the sleepy nature of the town, providing trail users...
SC 0.9 mi Asphalt
Part of the Emerald Necklace trail loop, the Plum Creek Greenway is a short, paved multiuse trail in Cornelius, North Carolina, that is suitable for walking and biking. It's a pleasant neighborhood...
NC 0.6 mi Asphalt
This unique trail runs through the campus of the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind and features interpretive signs in Braille that teach trail-goers about the types of trees along the route. The...
SC 0.75 mi Crushed Stone
As its name suggests, this multiuse path travels along the South Prong of the Rocky River in Davidson, Mecklenburg County. The South Prong Rocky River Greenway is included in the trail loop called...
NC 2.2 mi Asphalt
Running between Mallard Creek Greenway and Rocky River Road, the Toby Creek Greenway provides an important connection with the University of North Carolina's Charlotte campus.  The paved, multiuse...
NC 2.7 mi Boardwalk, Concrete
This trail follows alongside the West Branch of the Rocky River in Davidson, NC and is a part of the Carolina Thread trails complex. The greenway offers a refreshing walk or ride into nature, passing...
NC 2.8 mi Asphalt
The Wetland Trail is a .4-mile meander through River Park toward the Catawba River. Beginning by the segment of Quality Circle that starts as Keith Drive, the trail continues as an elevated boardwalk...
SC 0.5 mi Boardwalk

Recent Trail Reviews

Waterford Trail

Needs some work

February, 2024 by kfeather72

Needs some work

Peak to Prosperity Passage (Palmetto Trail)

clean, easy trail

January, 2024 by bransom49

Rucked it up and back yesterday, full trail. Super clean, easy trail. No incline. Minimal views, good for getting in your miles. Rocks were a pain in the a**. Definitely need some trail friendly shoes. Feet got beat up pretty good. Some campsites along small streams. 6/10. Good for getting time on feet. Won’t be back except for straight forward mileage. Bikes would be solid for stacking miles on a simple trail.

Peak to Prosperity Passage (Palmetto Trail)

not meant for running

December, 2023 by amaybach

Just want to let runners know this trail has a very irregular surface with rocks and grassy patches. I don’t recommend it for running.

Accordion

Peak to Prosperity Passage (Palmetto Trail)

Perfect Gravel Bike Trail Training Ride

December, 2023 by rwest3

I regularly ride the Trail for training. Once you clear the walkers at the trailheads you can complete efforts with no stops. Several sections have big, loose rock so you’ll want to let some air out.

River Birch Trail

Best paved trail

October, 2023 by renustuff

Nice shaded trail, good for dogs, bikers, spotting birds and deer, and walking along the creek.

Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways

Pleasant park connector in Charlotte

September, 2023 by laurastark

We had a nice time on the Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways. There was interesting public art, the tracts of a defunct railroad, city skyline views, and wooded sections.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

Recreational gem connecting Charlotte and the city's southern suburbs

September, 2023 by laurastark

We found the Little Sugar Creek Greenway to be a smooth, well-maintained paved pathway connecting numerous parks. We had a great experience on this trail! There is something for everyone; the northern urban section is fun and vibrant with shops and restaurants nearby, while the southern portion offers a tranquil wooded route, where we saw six deer!

McDowell Creek Greenway

Present length 3miles

September, 2023 by jasonhappe

The section from Magnolia Dr to NC 73 is about 3 miles.

Lower McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek & Four Mile Creek Greenways

Cyclists beware!

September, 2023 by shtrahan03

The boardwalks are very slippery for cyclists. I lost control of my bike in 2022 and while I was down, another cyclist did the same thing and nearly landed on top of me. A torn rotator cuff, surgery, and 7 months of rehab later, I will not be cycling on this greenway again. I do love the shade in the summer though!

McAlpine Creek Greenway

very nice trail

September, 2023 by d7i2idczkm

Well maintained and is used a lot. Never find yourself alone on this trail.

Lower McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek & Four Mile Creek Greenways

Needs more maintenance

September, 2023 by joenad55

I jog this trail, and is part paved and part boardwalk. One positive is the tree cover which provides shade even in afternoon hours. The boardwalk areas need to be maintained better as the boards need to be replaced more frequently as the boards get chewed up and sometimes I have to watch my step. They do replace the worst ones, but not frequently enough. Does get flooded and muddy after a heavy rain to the point it can be unusable. The Rea Road ending point has fountains and a bathroom.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

Great for jogging

September, 2023 by joenad55

I am a jogger, I run this trail often in the South Charlotte area. The portion from Marsh Park to Tyvola is well paved, in good condition, and is maintained well. Water fountains are well placed. After a rain, it doesn't get muddy or very wet like Four Mile Creek. People very friendly on the trail. Can get crowded on Saturday mornings with all the running clubs, races, etc. Only issue is the speeding bikers, sometimes they call out, sometimes they don't.

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