October 14, 2015
Riverwalk MTB trails off the main multi use paved trail are very nice and get better with the volunteer work from the Rock Hill bike club all the time. The paved trail is a nice easy ride as noted, and has been expanded a mile so it's 7 miles out and back now..3.5 miles and there is is one green loop around the woods on an old fire road that is somewhat easy with some very deep ruts though, and a little green single track labeled off the wider easy loop also, fun and flat. Most of the trails here, are Blue and there's a black newer section along with a Blue section that comes in the second entrance past the ruins of the Carhartt Homestead that is a bit steep and used to be labeled black but is blue really, signs keep getting updated. The Blue Loop is 5 to 6 miles long depending on side trails you add in could go longer. Once on the Blue Trail, black areas are noted with a way to go around. There's a couple due to steep but short climbs and one steep 4 to 5 foot downhill (close to a drop). There is a new area that has some black obstacles built in and again, it's labeled black when you reach it and there is a blue go around. I have photos of the bridge in this area. It's a slanted 3 way bridge going over an obstacle and hence the black obstacle rating.The trails are being kept in great shape by the Rock Hill volunteer club. There has been work all summer on the down hill switch back area making berms smoother and wider and they try to keep up removing fallen trees and debris. The trail can feel pretty slow and technical off the start as you make your way up from the river on up hill switch backs but there's a few nice down hills coming. They have some switch back areas down hill also, there's a couple short areas of some semi natural pump track, a few bridges but they're 2 to 3 feet wide and not overly high off the ground. There's one creek run through. Only a few inches to 6 inches of water unless it's been really rainy. The track needs to be run a few times to get used to the technical aspects so you it can be taken faster and becomes more flowy when you know it, can feel a little grueling at first. When wet their is quite a few slippery root area to watch out for, when overly dry in the summer some sandy patches can toss you on the sharp corners. There is a couple of longish gradual uphill root gardens and a couple of very short rock gardens. The trail runs both ways, though one is labeled as one way, so watch, people do run it both ways. I love the track, it's my usual track, I'm at it all the time. Watch out for deer, I see them every day and these days they often hang around and wait seem to wait on me. Never sure they won't run out in front of me and in Spring/summer I tend to see black snakes often. Will post some photos.
Similar to Anne Close Springs trail but more technical and a little slower in those parts.