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Parks and Trails Near Rock Hill and Charlotte

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Winthrop chapter.

Getting into shape isn’t easy, but it’s a lot easier when you are in a park with other people and great scenery.  Here are some great parks and trails near Charlotte and Rock Hill.

Charlotte Area

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve – 10 miles of hiking trails. Follow the Robinson Rockhouse Trail, a two-mile out-and-back trail that leads to the ruins of a stone house dating back to 1790.

Freedom Park – Urban park, good for picnics and sunbathing.  Paved trail around the lake.

Historic Rural Hill – Historic site and working farm.  Three miles of trails.  265-acre park.

Latta Plantation – Former cotton plantation. Largest nature preserve in the nation. The 1,343-acre park has 16 miles of trails.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway – 15-mile greenway.  Goes past Central Piedmont Community College and Park Road Shopping Center and through  most urban neighborhoods, including Uptown.

McAlpine Creek Greenway – Built  in 1978. First greenway trail built in North Carolina’s western Piedmont region. Nine miles of trails, paved paths and nature trails. Access the greenway at McAlpine Creek State Park.

Rock Hill Area

Cherry Park – 1.5 mile paved walking/biking trail

Glencairn Garden – Paved walking path.  Not very long, but super pretty.

Hargett Park – Walking trail

Spencer Park – Off-leash dog park  

Riverwalk – 4.5 mile trail (round trip)

Happy hiking, Collegiettes!

Emily Grace Gill is a senior mass communication major with minors in business and theater. When she's not thinking about writing or traveling, she is befriending every dog she sees on campus.
Winthrop University is a small, liberal arts college in Rock Hill, SC.