Summary: The city of Rock Hill scored a home run when they created this park. It is about 70 acres and has some great trails that parallel the Catawba River and Manchester Creek. One trail is made from recycled tires and feels great when hiking it. The park also has an elevated boardwalk through the wetlands. This area of the Catawba is one of only two that is still freeflowing and the park has an excellent canoe access that will lead you 18 miles downstream to Landsford Canal State Park. Take the kids and a picnic lunch to this park and have a fun outing !! Oh yeah, be sure and take your fishing equipment.
Trailhead: From I-77 in Rock Hill take the Dave Lyle Blvd exit, continue east to Red River Rd, turn left and look for Quality Dr on your right after going about 1-2 miles, the park and trailhead is at the end of the dirt & gravel road. (Lat:34.57 Lon:-80.57)
Trail Guides for Rock Hill River Park:
Hiking South Carolina Trails
by Allen deHart (Globe-Pequot Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: (803) 329-5656
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by John Ghent, who has posted 12 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by JohnnyB on 12/9/2012
I live across the river in Fort Mill. Decided to check out the trails today with my wife. Love the place but did notice a slight smell from the waste water plant. Not really a big problem. Will be back this summer with my kayak.
Reviewed by ralph on 8/14/2012
The single determining factor for me is that I have two dogs and believe there is a rule of "one pedestrian, one dog". That is not the case at Ann Close Greenway nor at Ebenezer park in Rock Hill, but IS the case at ALL parks operated by the city of Rock Hill. A terrible, painful disappointment for my boys.
Reviewed by mm on 3/20/2011
My 8 year old daughter and I hike here often. It's one of our favorite places to hike. The trails are easy for the most part. There is one board walk through a wetlands area and the recycled tire trail that runs along the Catawba are both great if you have little ones in a stroller. It is sad to see the trash that collects along the river but it is much less than it used to be. I believe a lot of it comes from people dumping into the river itself then it gets washed up. I've hiked here many times and have yet to feel uncomfortable even when alone. The smell from the treatment plant is the one drawback. However that odor isn't always noticable.
Reviewed by GMC on 12/22/2010
HaHa, If I had read these reviews I definitely would not have gone walking there. One of the more "shady" places I have been to. Didn't run into anyone fortunately since it was just me and another woman. Thumbs down for smell, and location near bad area.
Reviewed by erc on 7/1/2010
My husband and I hiked there a recently. The trail was quite pleasant and well maintained and the scenery very nice. But we did find pornographic literature on one of the bench. I would hate to see a family with small children come across something like that. Also there seemed to be a lot of fishing trash along the river. I wouldn't go there alone but I would go again with someone else.
Reviewed by JE on 11/4/2009
IT WAS COLD THE DAY I WAS THERE HIKING BUT I THROUGHLY ENJOYED THE SCENERY IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO HIKE.
Reviewed by aletoledo on 2/3/2009
I thought I'd give this place a shot despite all the bad reviews. I didn't see any out of place people and there were a number of families and couples to make us feel safe. The trail has a portion that is covered with recycled rubber , which was nice, especially since it ran the entire distance of the adjoining river. The real negative of this place for me and the reason I only rated it a two, is because it smelled like a latrine! There is a sewage treatment plant right next door, so the breeze must have been blowing in the wrong direction. My wife still enjoyed the walk, but I won't be planning to go back because of that stench.
Reviewed by florence on 11/1/2007
I went out today around 2:00 pm and felt very uncomfortable with only three men in the park. All three of them were alone and appeared to be shopping if you know what I mean. I wouldn't go to deep in the park alone. Decided to leave but may visit again with more people. Later I heard that it has made the news as a pick up place for men on men action. So be aware!
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