The Riverwalk community is located in Rock Hill, SC. With a population of 66,000, we are the Palmetto State’s 5th largest city and the 4th largest in the Charlotte, NC, metropolitan area.
The commercial center of this region, Rock Hill is home to numerous businesses and institutions, including renowned Winthrop University.
Rock Hill is located along the Catawba River in the north-central section of the Piedmont of South Carolina. The city is located approximately 150 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and 75 miles from the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Rock Hill enjoys wonderful, year-round weather characterized by humid summers and cool dry winters. Precipitation does not vary greatly between seasons. July is the hottest month, with an average high temperature of 91°F and an average low temperature of 71°F. The coldest month of the year is January, when the average high temperature is 53°F and the average low temperature is 33°F.
Rock Hill has five museums located within the city, and many more in the surrounding area including:
In addition to the Rock Hill Outdoor Center, Rock Hill is home to thirty one parks, four recreational centers, one botanical garden and several nature trails.
Located just minutes from Riverwalk are Nanny’s Mountain, Glencairn Garden, Ebenezer Park, Kings Mountain State Park and Andrew Jackson State Park, and Kings Mountain National Military Park.
The Rock Hill Outdoor Center is the southeast’s premier year-round recreational facility nestled along the banks of the Catawba River in the active outdoor community of Riverwalk. Facilities and events foster health, wellness and athleticism while providing a community-based environment that supports sports and entertainment.
The Rock Hill Outdoor Center is a dynamic collection of recreation amenities located at the new Riverwalk community! These amenities add approximately 250 acres of public recreation space to the City of Rock Hill’s current parks inventory. Amenities at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center include cycling venues, athletic fields, trails, green space and a kayak/canoe launch. Map of Rock Hill Outdoor Center.
Piedmont Medical Center Trail
The Piedmont Medical Center Trail opened in July 2010 and is available year-round, offering beautiful views of the Catawba River. The trail is 10 ft wide and it is a 2 ¼ mile in and 2 ¼ mile back out. The Trail Connector that connects the Piedmont Medical Center Trail to the River Park Trail allows even more scenic enjoyment. Starting at Highway 21 to the lower parking lot of River Park the total mileage is 3.35 miles . For more information, contact 803-329-5620 or visit the Piedmont Medical Center Trail webpage.
The Giordana Velodrome opened March 2012 and since its opening, it has hosted national and UCI caliber events. Not only does the facility host national events, it also offers year-round programs for cyclist of all stages and ages, providing equipment and instructions.
The Giordana Veldrome also serves as a gathering place for a variety of non-cycling activities and special events. For more information, contact 803-326-2453 or visit the Giordana Velodrome webpage.
Rock Hill Outdoor Center Greens
The Rock Hill Outdoor Center Greens opened in 2013 as a open green space that can be used for recreational activities. For more information, contact 803-329-5620 or visit the Rock Hill Outdoor Center Greens webpage.
Novant Health BMX Supercross Track
The Novant Health BMX Supercross Track opened August 2014 as another addition to the Rock Hill cycling community. Since its opening, the facility has hosted the 2014 USA BMX Gold East Regional Championship and the 2015 USA BMX Carolina Nationals and the 2015 USA Cycling National BMX Championships. Other local, regional, national and world events are planned, including the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships. The facility also offers instructional programs, open track sessions and a pump track. For more information including upcoming events, visit the Novant Health BMX Supercross Track webpage or contact 803-326-2441.
Rock Hill Criterium Course
The Rock Hill Criterium Course opened April 2017. It is a 1.1 mile/22 foot wide paved bicycle course that allows cyclists to ride safely. The course is designed for both recreational and competitive cyclists. For more information visit, Rock Hill Criterium Course.
Mountain Biking Trails
The mountain bike trails at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center are open and ready for use! Approximately 6 – 7 total miles of trail are available with varying levels of difficulty – easy, difficult, and most difficult. Interesting features of the trails include views of the Catawba River and the Carhart Mansion ruins along with challenging terrain.
(Upcoming) Cyclocross Track
Rapidly growing in popularity, Cyclocross or CX is a form of racing that includes paved and off-road trails with obstacles and steep inclines, challenging the rider’s cycling and running skills. Riders dismount, carry the bike and remount numerous times.
Rock Hill’s Cyclocross trails will provide exciting racing and training opportunities for neighborhood and local events and also provide a venue for national caliber races. Spectators will revel in the action as riders traverse the dynamic course. What started in Europe as a fall and winter training regimen for road cyclists has emerged into a competitive sport in its own right.
Rock Hill boasts an active local cycling club, the Rock Hill Bicycle Club, and has recently been added to the national list of “Bicycle Friendly” communities.