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 www.thermalbeltrailtrail.com
Many thanks to the RHI Legacy Foundation for making this trail a reality with more than $5 million in funding!!
WHERE: The 13.5 miles of 12' wide trail runs from Gilkey to Forrest Hunt Elementary. It travels through five communities including Ruth, Spindale, Rutherfordton, and Forest City.
DIRECTIONS: Accesses with Parking: GIlkey - Oak Springs Road (Mile 0) Bechtler Mint Historic Site - 342 Gilboa Church Rd, Rutherfordton (Mile 2) Ruth at 1006 Railroad Ave, Rutherfordton (Mile 4.8) Downtown Spindale (Mile 7) Downtown Forest City and POPS, 172 Park Square, Forest City (Mile 11.2) Pine and Broadway Street, Forest City (Mile 12.5) Forrest Hunt Elementary, 100 Forrest Hunt Dr, Forest City (Mile 13.5)
Weather can change quickly in the mountains. Always tuck rain gear into your backpack and bring along layers of clothes.