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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 both the Rock Hill Trails & Greenways System and the Carolina Thread Trail, a system of trails and greenways connecting 15 counties across the Carolinas. The paved multiuse trail is 10ft wide with a mix of flat and hilly sections.
From its northern end (575 Herrons Ferry Rd, Rock Hill), the wooded trail closely hugs the western shoreline of Catawba River and traverses the mixed-use community of Riverwalk, extending south to the River Park (1782 Quality Cir, Rock Hill).
A little over two miles south along the trail, the Riverwalk Trestle is a historic railroad bridge towering just above the trail. South of the trestle, the trail's rubberized surface provides the smoothness of asphalt with the give of a softer tread. Located between trail mile markers 2.25 and 2.50, the Catawba River Trailhead (100 Celriver Rd, Rock Hill) is just south of the trestle and has restrooms, a drinking fountain, and parking.
Continuing to wind along the west bank of the Catawba River, the trail heads through River Park where its southern end is located where Quality Circle dead ends at a parking lot.
Restrooms and parking are available at the northern trailhead, at the Catawba River Trailhead, and at River Park. The northern trailhead and River Park have canoe/kayak launches. There is a little free library along the trail near the northern end and there are benches placed at multiple points along the route.
The trail is prone to flooding. Check the City of Rock Hill's park status page after periods of heavy rainfall.
Pets on a 3ft leash are welcome on the trail.
Parking is available at the northern trailhead (575 Herrons Ferry Rd, Rock Hill), at the Catawba River Trailhead (100 Celriver Rd, Rock Hill), and at River Park (1782 Quality Cir, Rock Hill).
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