Founders Trail

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North Parking Address and Trailhead - End of Weir Court, Tega Cay, SC 29708 MAP

South Trailhead- Piedmont Medical Center Trailhead, 575 Herrons Ferry Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730 MAP

Parking Address -Pumphouse, 575 Herrons Ferry Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730 MAP 



The Founders Trail is a 2.3-mile mostly natural surface trail that provides connectivity between the Piedmont Medical Center Trail (Riverwalk) and Masons Bend Trail, all while following a beautiful stretch of the free flowing Catawba River.

From the North, users can utilize the trail parking at end of Weir Court in the Masons Bend development.  Following the trail south, the trail runs along the River and provides a series of bridges and boardwalks. Additionally, benches are provided to allow trail users to take a break and view the river.  There is also an overlook at the north end of the trail affording opportunities to be inspired by the view of the Catawba.  If you head north on the Founders Trail it will connect directly into the Masons Bend Trail allowing the user to travel an additional one and quarter miles along the river.  (See Masons Bend Trail information)

At the south end, trail users can utilize the trailhead of the Piedmont Medical Center Trail and follow it north to Route 21, from there, the Founders Trail begins as a sidewalk along the Route 21 Bridge over the Catawba River.  The sidewalk section runs for approximately 2000’ and transitions by making a “U-turn” to the right just after the guardrails and follows the old road back and travels underneath the Route 21 Bridge.

Trail Manager

Visit the Nation Ford Land Trust for more information or contact:

Nation Ford Land Trust
242 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill, SC 29716

Phone: 803-547-8140


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Quick Facts

Trail Uses Walking / Hiking / Running
Mountain Biking
Location Fort Mill (SC)
Rock Hill (SC)
Difficulty Easy
Length 2.3 miles, One Way
Surface Gravel/Crushed stone
Natural surface
Fees No
Pets Permitted on leash
Motorized vehicles Not Permitted
ADA Compliant No
Number of parking spaces 15
Restrooms No
Hours of operation Dawn to Dusk

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