River Park

Trail Activities: t

  • Walk
  • Hike
  • Paved


3.5 miles




Boardwalk, Rubberized, Dirt

Difficulty: Easy

Trail Features: t

  • Picnic Area
  • Parking
  • Water Launch
  • Pets
  • No Fee
  • No Camping


From either parking area, begin this network of well-marked, color-coded, easy-to-follow nature trails that wind along the Catawba River, Manchester Creek and surrounding wetland. As you pass beneath tall trees, including black walnut, shagbark hickory, and sycamore, you may see a variety of birds, snakes, and other wildlife.

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Everyone can enjoy River Park's environmentally sensitive 70 acres on the pristine Catawba River. Several miles of wooded trails, including handicapped accessible trails, wander through the park and along the scenic river. You can enjoy a picnic while observing plants, birds and animals in a peaceful undisturbed setting. Added to the trail was a connector that connects River Park to the Piedmont Medical Center Trail which allows miles of beautiful wilderness enjoyment. Beginning at Highway 21 to the lower parking lot of River Park, there is 3.35 miles of trail to enjoy. Remember the total mileage provided is only one way, so make sure to have a plan if you don't plan to walk the whole trail.

River Park is also the perfect setting to learn about the delicate balance between man and our natural resources. Frequent visitors to the park include scout troops and school groups. River Park is the location for many of the Environmental Education classes offered by PRT including the Leopold Education Project. Paddling enthusiasts make use of the kayak/ canoe access for outings with friends or for planned paddles through PRT’s popular Paddling Program. As the park continues to grow, the unique natural habitat will always be respected.

Wetlands Trail – boardwalk trail through wetlands area; handicapped accessible

River Trail – trail along the Catawba River with rubberized surface; handicapped accessible

Waterford Trail – trail connecting River Park to the Waterford Business Park

Air quality at the treatment plant area may vary according to heat and humidity.

Insect repellent is recommended in warm weather. Pets are permitted on a leash.  Bikes are not permitted on the River Park trails, and skateboards and rollerblades are not permitted on any city trail.


In Rock Hill, from Exit 79 on I-77, drive 1 mile east on SC 122 and turn left on Red River Road (S-46-50). Drive 1 mile and turn right. Follow the gravel road to the park. Parking on the right before the bridge (notice the weight limit sign) or at the canoe launch near the river.

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