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Broad River Greenway - River Trail

The River Trail is a 2.2-mile natural surface trail along the beautiful Broad River. This trail is part of a system of trails at Broad River Greenway.
Trail Uses
Walking / hiking / running Mountain biking Horseback riding
Boiling Springs (NC), Shelby (NC)
2.20 miles, One Way
Gravel/Crushed stone, Natural surface, Boardwalk
Motorized Vehicles
Not Permitted
$5/car, $50/year
Permitted on leash
Parking Spaces
Dawn - Dusk


The portion of the Broad River Greenway that is designated Thread Trail includes the River Trail of 2.2 miles and the Cottonwood Trail of 1.8 miles along the Broad River. The Broad River Greenway area is approximately 1,500 acres of protected land on both sides of the Broad River in Cleveland County. It is owned by Cleveland County and the Town of Boiling Springs and managed by the Broad River Council. The Broad River Greenway joins more than 20 miles of multi-use trails along both sides of the river. At the trailhead, a handicapped accessible pathway includes educational displays. Amenities include a fishing pier, a wooden playground, benches for enjoying the view, and grills for picnics. The Broad River has been an important part of this community for many generations.

The River Trail follows the edge of the Broad River and meets numerous connector trails including the College Farm Trail which has horse trailer parking. Across the Broad River from the trailhead of the River Trail and the Cottonwood Trail is a launch made possible with grants from Duke and Carolina Thread Trail. 


Other Information

Though the Broad River Greenway is designated Carolina Thread Trail, the Broad River is not.

Cleveland County Residents may park for free at the Broad River Greenway trailhead, with a resident decal on their vehicle. For visitors who are not Cleveland County residents, the cost is $10.00 per car per day, OR a yearly pass may be obtained for $50. Resident decals and yearly passes are available at the Broad River Greenway Ranger Station (704-434-0040), or you may purchase your pass online. Bicyclists and pedestrians may enter for free. (Bicycle lanes on NC 150 [Gaffney Rd] connect the greenway to the Town of Boiling Springs.) 


Trail Manager

Visit the Broad River Greenway website for more information and trail maps are available upon request from the Ranger Station.

Broad River Greenway
126 Broad River Road
Shelby, NC 28152
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Broad River Greenway - Cottonwood Trail

Trailhead Information

Parking Address and Trailhead Location: 126 Broad River Dr, Shelby, NC 28152. MAP

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