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Backside Trail

Gastonia, NC

Backside Trail is a 0.9 mile trail and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

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Riverwalk Greenway Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Very well maintained. Completely paved, more of a track than trail. Clear mile markers (and markers for 911 location too). Enough of an incline to give us "just starting to exercise couch potatoes" a work out. Beautiful scenery along the river, lots of nature - one family on the trail said they had seen a beaver, we saw heron, other birds and lots of turtles. Plenty of shade and benches if you want to just sit an take in nature for a few minutes. Treasure to have here in town.

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Rock Hill River Park
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Not as well maintained as we had hoped. Be careful on boardwalks, there is some wood rot. Lots of dragon and damselflies for photography.

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Riverwalk Greenway Trail
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18 Completed 12 Reviews

Nice clean and easy to use! Went in fall, great leaf colors!

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Rock Hill River Park
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Very cool trail system!

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Rock Hill River Park
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Great trail for the whole family!

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Rock Hill River Park
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6 Completed 4 Reviews

This is a beautiful place. The signs were well posted and it is well maintained. We took leisurely stroll along the river while taking photos. I loved that part of the trail was recycled tires. Like others have mentioned, the smell was yucky in some areas but not overbearing. I'd go again.

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Riverwalk Greenway Trail
by Melissa Keays

1 Completed 1 Reviews

This is a great walking trail. I love that it is paved and has .25 mile markers. There are just enough hills to give a little bit of a challenge. Brady, my 1 year old Chesador (a cross between a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and a Labrador Retriever) loved the walk and the river access (even though he wouldn't go for a swim). Trees provide some shade on the path. Highly recommend!

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Catawba Indian Reservation
by Rachel

Completed Reviews

This was a pleasant little hike with basically no elevation change. The directions on this page are not very good - you have to turn LEFT on Dave Lyle Boulevard once you exit I-77, as well as the note on a previous comment about going 270 degrees when you come to the roundabout. Also, you turn right onto Reservation Road (NOT Indian Trail Road) from Neely Store Road, and then bear left on Indian Trail Road shortly after the turn. The hike itself starts out quite nice and well-maintained with interesting signs until you hit the Catawba River. It's not clear after that where to go, and the path to the sitting area is very overgrown. However, the view of the river was very nice and we enjoyed the legends of the yehasuri.

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Blackjacks Heritage Preserve
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Trail is very difficult to follow. Most trail markers are gone, down or overgrown. A seldom used trail giving much solitude. I saw many bird spices, wildflowers, insects and even some deer. It's good enough for me to visit again during all seasons. Don't forget your camera and binoculars. I rate this trail 3 stars. Submitted by RFW

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Rock Hill River Park
by mm

Completed Reviews

My 8 year old daughter and I hike here often. It's one of our favorite places to hike. The trails are easy for the most part. There is one board walk through a wetlands area and the recycled tire trail that runs along the Catawba are both great if you have little ones in a stroller. It is sad to see the trash that collects along the river but it is much less than it used to be. I believe a lot of it comes from people dumping into the river itself then it gets washed up. I've hiked here many times and have yet to feel uncomfortable even when alone. The smell from the treatment plant is the one drawback. However that odor isn't always noticable.

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