Rutherford Outdoor Coalition

The Rutherford Outdoor Coalition is a local, grassroots advocacy organization promoting and improving outdoor recreation in Rutherford County,

What Do We Do?

    • Work with many partners to improve the county’s recreational options.
    • Build and maintain area trails.
    • Provide a comprehensive listing of area trails, maps and an interactive trails map.
    • Organize the Rutherford Outdoor Coalition Race Series
    • Co-host an AmeriCorps member as county trails coordinator.
    • Guided hikes on a variety of trails and conservation properties.
    • Partner with NC State Parks and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission planners on future developments.
    • The annual River Sweep clean up of the Broad River and a river stewards program.
    • The annual Tour de Pumpkin in October. Scenic 100K and 50K bicycle tours.
    • Bicycle route maps with easy-to challenging rides.
    • AND Much More!

Explore the Great Outdoors of Rutherford Co! From the incredible beauty of Hickory Nut Gorge and the Blue Ridge Mountains to quaint main streets
the area provides endless outdoor recreational opportunities for all ages. Rutherford County’s idyllic location allows for a variety of outdoor
activities including: hiking easy to strenuous trails, walking or biking paved greenways, cycling on lightly traveled rural roads, or paddling
pristine river or beautiful mountain lake. Get Outdoors! All are welcome!

  • Early Explorer’s Club: Animal Adaptations 3/15
  • ROC Hike: Little Bradley Falls 3/18
  • HFAR Dog Walk 4/1
  • ROC Hike: Drip Falls Trail 4/22
  • Litter Cleanup on the TBRT 4/15
  • ROC Monthly Meeting 4/18
  • Early Explorers April Meeting 4/19
  • Purple Martin 4-Miler 4/22
  • Litter Cleanup on the PMG 4/23
  • ROC Hike: Wildflowers at the Florence Nature Preserve 4/29
  • Volunteer Info Sessions 3/16 & 23
  • ROC Monthly Meeting 3/21
  • CCC Trail Workday 3/16
  • Bearfoot 5K 3/18
  • Dittmer-Watts Trail Workday 3/23
  • Buffalo Creek Park Workday 3/28

Become a Member

  • Discount to Ride the Tour de Pumpkin
  • Access to Private Recreation Areas
  • Discounts to Multiple Area Businesses
  • Great Outings and Events

Sign Up Today!

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ROC offers multiple sponsorship opportunities for businesses to help expand and enhance recreational opportunities in the county of Rutherford. 


We are building more recreational opportunities in Rutherford County. Your donation will make a difference for the great outdoors.


Volunteering with ROC is a great way to contribute positively to your community and help make a difference in the great outdoors.