Ramblin’ on the River

Taking a breather

This week, the BW and I visited the newly opened Riverfront trail in Rock Hill, SC.  The trail is the first phase of Riverwalk, a planned 1000 acre residential and commercial community along the Catawba River on the site of the former Celanese “Celriver” plant.  I was particularly interested in seeing what had been done, as I had worked as an engineering contractor at the site. 


The trail head is accessed from Dunkin’s Ferry Road just south of  where US Hwy 21 crosses the river.  The 30 spot parking lot is in the shadow of the now abandoned river water pump house.  A reminder of the days when Celanese was a major employer in Rock Hill. 

The 2.8 mile paved trail affords views of the many shoals along this part of the river.  Benches and chairs carved from tree stumps are conveniently placed along the trail proving a place for resting and meditation. Walking, running, biking and roller blading are allowed — it didn’t say anything about skateboards.    There is also river access for canoes and kayaks.  Interestingly enough, fishing is not allowed.

The trail is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm in the summer.  The trail is part of the Carolina Thread Network, an ambitious project to connect the communities of the Carolina piedmont via walking trails.


We definitely plan to go again.

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  1. Hi Russ! This is great! Thanks for the information. I love that you have a connection to this project – things like that make places seem more personal to me. Glad to know I don’t have to travel 25 miles north or south to experience “nature.”

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