Rutherford Outdoor Coalition

Explore the Great Outdoors of Rutherford County! From the incredible beauty of the Hickory Nut Gorge and the Blue Ridge Mountains to quaint main streets, the area provides endless outdoor recreational opportunities for all ages. The 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 rivers or beautiful mountain lakes. Get outdoors! All are welcome!

What is Rutherford Outdoor Coalition?

Rutherford Outdoor Coalition, created in 2003, is a non-profit organization founded to promote and expand outdoor recreation in Rutherford County, NC. The group began as a way to bring together those who love to hike, paddle, run, and bike and provide them with access and outings to enjoy this beautiful area.

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.
  • AND Much More!

  • Volunteer Information Session
  • Mountain Biking at Bent Creek (7/13)
  • Bennett Gap Guided Hike (7/13)
  • ROC Monthly Meeting (7/16)
  • Early Explorers: Stream Studies (7/17)
  • Broad River Fun Paddle (7/20)
  • Shining Rock Guided Hike (7/22)
  • “Brake for Trash” Litter Sweep (7/23)
  • Rutherford Library Guided Hike: Alexander’s Ford (7/27)
  • ROC + HFAR Dog Walk (8/3)
  • Two Sisters and a View Guided Hike (8/6)

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.