River walk

4.00 out of 5
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↑ 700 ft
↓ 600 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
It is a multi-use system that started off as a paved path that followed the Catawba River. Over the past year or so, they have added three mountain bike/hiking trails on a reclaimed landfill. One is a beginer, one is modereate, and one is "black diamond."
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: What trail takes you to the carhartt ruins? -Mary VanLieu Robert VanL

A: The ruins are closest to the second entrance from the paved Riverwalk, Peidmont Medical Trail. Heading in from about 1.25 miles on the pave trail brings you to the second MTB entrance. You head in there and the first trail on the right marked Black or Blue (it's been changed from a black rate to a blue rating, just a bit steep. Anyhow head up that trail on the right and about 50 feet in up the hill you will find the ruins of the Carhartt homestead. It's really not a far hike in but be careful, there's lots of cyclers.

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Reviews (16)


July 29, 2019
Kurti_sc Gramcounter  
Review: The trails were pieced together for an mtb race, so it may not be the logical route if you were just riding at the Riverwalk and headed into the woods. These are young trails and need to be ridden in some more and worked on a bit. they are very rooty and rocky with very little flow. There is not a lot of elevation gain, but the climbs are almost always straight up and meant to maximize the effort on the terrain available.


December 2, 2017
C-Lo Singletrack  
Review: Nice trail if you are near by. The trail was cover with leaves to the point I could not see 3" root and some of the rock gardens. I had to slow down to make sure I didn't wipe out. Most of the blue trail had flow but the flow ended pretty quickly. The blue trail started again but came back out on the green trail like 50 feet later. There is a new section that is an out and back. My opinion "don't waste your time. The trail was so tight, the vines were trying to take my head off, and there were a few trees down. If you go in the fall be careful. Nice trail to get your hear rate up.

Granny Gear

April 8, 2017
Seb@stian Granny Gear  
Review: Awesome trail, even moderate is difficult enough. Like it.


June 9, 2016
Review: 5 star beginner very well kept up and from the looks of it there adding to the Mtb trails as there was signs looking for volunteers to help with Mtb projects

Granny Gear

May 31, 2016
Review: This is a very family friendly course. And beautiful scenery as the trail rides along the catawba river. The trail has a few manageable hilss. And for the off road cyclist there are a few off road trails from easy to black diamond. And when you are done, take a dip in the catawba to cool off.


March 26, 2016
Review: Nice, short set of trails at the Riverwalk complex. Tight and twisty with a couple of short, punchy climbs, but nothing technical. It's a bit too twisty to really get much speed going, but if you live in the area, as I do, and have limited time for a ride it's an OK alternative to Anne Springs.


October 14, 2015
Review: 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 Trail: Similar to Anne Close Springs trail but more technical and a little slower in those parts.

Bunny Hop

June 18, 2015
Review: Dusty, loose, dry. Notable exceptions: All muddy features were muddy with the exception of the Intermediate/(Old) Beginner entry path's mud-to-rollover. That was nearly bone-dry. We did the beginner trail around the perimeter, and it was fast and loose. Great opportunity to practice skids with little fear of actual injury. :)

June 18, 2015
Review: Dusty, loose, and a few surprising features, like some ruts have been filled with deep, soft sand. (Green Loop) Caught us off guard, and we had to bail on the left-hand line. Stay to the right, and you will be fine.

Granny Gear

February 8, 2015
Patriots55 Granny Gear  
Review: First time at River Walk. Took the family (boys 11 & 7). Had a great time. Some rough spots and inclines for them but overall the trails were very well kept and challenging at points. Nice easy trials to cruise and some more difficult trails to ride which were more fun.

River walk MTB Trail 4.00 out of 5 based on 16 ratings. 16 user reviews.
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