Cowpens National Battlefield

The loop road around the park has a slow speed limit and a pedestrian lane. The historic Green River Road runs through the park, offering a dirt run surface
as does the loop trail with access at the large picnic area. The 1.75 mile nature trail starts and ends in the picnic area. The visitor center has
maps and a wealth of historic information.

Rutherford County Walking Path

This is a 5-foot wide paved path with several exercise stations and a demonstration garden maintained by Cooperative Extension. It is great for an easy stroll
or run.

The track is a half-mile loop, plus the extension to Withrow Rd.

NEW: The loop has recently been resurfaced and both bridges rebuilt!

Rumbling Bald at Chimney Rock State Park Trail

Great trail to explore the boulders and rock faces at the base of Rumbling Bald Mountain. The trail is wide with a mostly gravel surface. Trail was recently
upgraded and re-routed in places.

This is an extremely popular area for rock climbing. The parking lot is often full on every nice weekend between October and April. The parking lot has been expanded and now includes over 100 spaces.

This new trail was constructed by staff of Chimney Rock State Park and the volunteer efforts of the Carolina Mountain Club, Carolina Climbers Coalition,
and the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park.

ICC Trails

The ICC trail system was built entirely by ROC volunteers. Most of the system goes through a variety of wooded areas. Open field areas and sidewalk
sections join some of the loops. An interesting feature is passage through a bamboo grove with 3-5 inch wide and 50 foot tall canes. It is a great system
for a quick hike or run or exploring with the family. Parking is readily available and kiosks with trail guides at several trailheads.

Green River Game Lands

Owned by the state, the primary purpose of NC Game Lands is wildlife conservation and management — hunting, fishing, and trapping are allowed in Game
Lands. The trails in this unique area are maintained to encourage and facilitate foot travel but are open to mountain bikers.

The named public trails of the game lands are shown on our map. They offer a range of experiences including woodland hikes, riverside treks, and access
to the world famous Green River Narrows.

Trail users should be cautious during hunting season, which is generally from mid-September to mid-May. Deer hunting season, for example, begins in mid-
September and continues through mid-December. Seasons for other types of game run through mid-May. Hunters are most active on Fridays and Saturdays
and at the beginning of individual game seasons. The gamelands also offer public access to the Green River for paddling and tubing.

Florence Nature Preserve

The Nature Preserve is mostly owned by Conserving Carolina. They partnered with Henderson County Parks and Recreation for a parking area and
connector trail. The perverse consists of an interconnecting series of trails with a beautiful mountain creek and several scenic overlooks. Look for the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trailhead, the same parking area for the Wildcat Rock trail.

For more details visit Conserving Carolina’s website at:

The preserve is part of the newly designated Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail System. That system is envisioned to be more than 100 miles of trails throughout
Hickory Nut Gorge. To read more about the plans and see a map of the current and proposed trails see the link below:

Crestview Park Walking Path

The path is a 1/3-mile path and is paved and lighted. It is connected to the Purple Martin Greenway via a wide sidewalk.

The park also includes three Little League baseball fields, one tee ball field, one senior league baseball field, one multi-purpose field, four lighted tennis courts, two lighted basketball courts, horseshoe pits, 2 playgrounds (one for 2-5 year olds and another for 6-12 year olds), and a picnic shelter. Bathrooms and water fountains are also available at the park.

Catawba Falls Trail

The trail is primarily used for hiking, is accessible year-round, and is both a family and dog friendly trail.

The trail is an easy forest walk along the headwaters of the Catawba River to a beautiful and popular waterfall.

Foothills Conservancy was instrumental in acquiring this property and transferring it to the National Forest Service for public access. Improvements have
been made to the parking and the bridge over the river.

Trombatore Trail

The Trombatore Trail climbs and descends over 2.4 miles along the Eastern Continental Divide, through the Upper Brush Creek Watershed. The trail terminates
in and expansive meadowed summit known as Blue Ridge Pastures. Plans are under way for this trail to eventually connect with the three others in the
vicinity (Bearwallow, Little Wildcat Rock, and Florence Nature Preserve) to form a lengthy network of hiking routes in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge.

For many more details about the trail and the future trail network plans see Conserving Carolina’s trail page below:

The trail is part of the newly designated Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail System. That system is envisioned to be more than 100 miles of trails throughout
Hickory Nut Gorge. To read more about the plans and see a map of the current and proposed trails see the link below:

Thermal Belt Rail Trail

Thermal Belt Rail Trail – Grand Opening from Dustin’s Way Collective on Vimeo.

The full 13.5 miles of the trail is open!

The trail offers multiple parking areas and a variety of experiences on and near the trail. The northern section (Mile 0-5) is more rural and shaded. At
Mile 7 you are in downtown Spindale. At Mile 11 you are in downtown Forest City.

Click on the GPS the Trail link to explore an interactive Google map of the trail.

More information at the trail’s website

Many thanks to the RHI Legacy Foundation for making this trail a reality with more than $5 million in funding!!