Our run-away series takes the Williams Subaru ATC10K Outback out on amazing outdoor adventures within 2 hours of Charlotte to check out new running getaways.
We ventured down just across the South Carolina border to a little neighborhood called Riverwalk situated between Fort Mill and Rock Hill. There are so many great opportunities for running in the area, we decided to make Charlotte Running Company our hub and explore from there!
First up, we ventured across the Thomas B. Spratt Memorial bridge crossing the Catawba River to check out the Founders Trail. We found the easiest way to enter the trail was to hop a little guard rail and then head West back under the bridge for a 3 mile (one way) trail run with stunning views and well maintained boardwalks. The path was smooth with very little rocks or roots, so much so that we went with our favorite road running shoes right now – Brooks Glycerin GTS! We stopped at the large rock formation on the Masons Bend Trail, but according to our running buddies, the single track continues onto the Baxter Village trail system. There was also a little offshoot of more technical trails where the Masons Bend trail met the Founders trail, but overall, it was a relatively flat trail with tons of shade!
Next, we came back across the bridge and hit the greenway on the south side of the Catawba River. This 2.5 mile path again follows the river for beautiful views the entire time and is extremely well maintained. At the southern end, the trail connects beneath the railway trestle to another mile of pavement to keep the party going if you’d like! There are also plenty of more technical trails for biking and running inland from the greenway.