Many of us get in a rut of visiting the same places within a 5-mile radius of our home. My mom is a new resident of South Carolina, so I am forced to step out of my comfort zone and explore some of the places close to her. She introduced me to a beautiful greenway along the Catawba River called Riverwalk: Piedmont Medical Center Trail.

The trail is in the 1,008-acre Riverwalk Carolinas community in Rock Hill, and it’s part of the Carolina Thread Trail. It starts at the kayak and canoe launch and follows the Catawba River for 3.35 miles in one direction.

Things to do

Walk, jog or run with your dog, family or friends. The path is paved, 10-feet wide and handicap accessible. It is not a loop so it’s almost 7 miles to the end and back.

Canoe, kayak or tube on the Catawba River. Bring your own or rent from Twisted Beaver River Adventures, Rocking River Adventures or Kayaking 4 H2O. The launch is located next to the parking lot.

Ride bikes on the greenway (stay below 10 mph) or mountain bike on one of the 8 miles of trails.

Dust off your bike for a whirl around the Rock Hill Outdoor Center which includes three bike facilities: Giordano Veladrome, Criterium Course or Novant Health BMX Supercross Track. Look for special events at each of the locations. All facilities are within walking distance of the greenway and are on the Riverwalk Carolinas property.

Plan your excursion to coincide with Riverwalk Carolinas Tawba Fest 2017 on September 30, 2017.

Look for future amenities and activities like a riverside amphitheater for live music and a place to rent bikes and kayaks on-site.


Sit at tables with views of the Catawba River, and enjoy Southern styled food for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, and Sunday brunch at The Pump House. It is adjacent to the parking lot in a repurposed pump house and was once used for a textile plant. Plan your adventure to end in time for the live music at their rooftop bar beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The Pump House
575 Herrons Ferry Rd, Rock Hill
(803) 329-8888

Enjoy coffee, wine by the glass and craft beer on draft at one of their patio tables at Grapevine Wine Shop | Wine Bar, only a short walk from the trailhead. Add artisan cheese or a charcuterie plate, or choose a cigar from over 15 types in their cabinet.

Grapevine Wine Shop | Wine Bar
829 Terrace Park, Suite 104, Rock Hill

(803) 802-9463

The Riverwalk Carolinas retail community continues to grow. Several other shops and restaurants such as The Brass Tap and Freddie’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers are in the planning or construction phases.


Carolina Three Trail Map: Riverwalk: Piedmont Medical Center Trail

General Information on Piedmont Medical Center Trail

Parking is free and at the kayak and canoe launch:
0 Duncan Ferry, Rock Hill

Photos: Vanessa Infanzon, Riverwalk Carolinas


  1. We recently walked Riverwalk, 2.5 mi each way. Nice walk. Great place to get out. It is shady but not dense forest. Afterward, we went to Lee Cafe for lunch. Great, authentic Chinese food super cheap (5.95 lunch special every day). Plus, remember that SC gas is at least .20 cheaper than NC gas.