Countywide Region

BY LEVERAGING THE NEW 14-MILE THERMAL BELT RAIL TRAIL AND RUTHERFORD COUNTY’S STUNNING WATERWAYS, THE RUTHERFORD BOUND MASTER PLAN PROPOSES A NETWORK OF GREENWAYS AND PADDLE TRAILS.

Thermal Belt Rail Trail

Trail enhancements, recreation, and related business development along and close to the Thermal Belt Rail Trail will elevate it from a local recreational asset to a regional tourism destination.

Thermal Belt Rail Trail Enhancements

Development of trailhead amenities, tailgate markets, community gardens, and picnic areas that encourage users to spend more time on the trail and in the area will be beneficial to the local businesses, tourists, and the community.  Recreational enhancements like connecting trails and facilities, fitness stations, and playgrounds will increase access and multiply the health benefits of the Thermal Belt Rail Trail.  Additional planning that examines distinctive feature development within and along the trail corridor and analysis of adjacent properties for new trail-supporting businesses could also prove to be beneficial. 

“The Thermal Belt Rail Trail is a phenomenal amenity, but we the community must continue to enhance this resource and the visitor experience.”

FUNDING
$2,000,000
BUDGET
$50,000
COMMITTED

Greenways and Trails

Development of greenway and trail facilities that connect to existing tourism assets will elevate Rutherford County as a trails destination while significantly enhancing residents’ quality of life.

Thermal Belt Rail Trail Connectors

Extending trail opportunities from the Thermal Belt Rail Trail is critical to meeting local recreation needs and enhancing it as a tourism asset.  Greenway trails connecting to the Thermal Belt Rail Trail will provide a variety of experiences for trail users in close proximity to the Main Street Region.  There are approximately 23 miles of trails and greenways proposed to connect with the Thermal Belt Rail Trail.

Broad River Greenway

River access areas can serve as key connectivity nodes and trailheads for greenways and trails.  Development of the Broad River Paddle Trail will also serve as a sound implementation strategy for greenway and trail development within the Broad River corridor. Approximately nine miles of trail are proposed as a priority project for the Broad River Greenway.

“Greenways should be secured and developed while large tracts are still intact.”

Broad River Paddle Trail

The 40+ mile Broad River Paddle Trail extends from the Lake Lure Dam to US 221-A within Rutherford County. Only two formal public river accesses exist, and nine additional accesses are proposed. Access development and enhancement will help boost this natural asset into a regional tourism destination.

New River Access Development

Two new river accesses are planned along the Broad River Paddle Trail.  The Hwy 221 River Access and the Duke Energy River Access at Hwy 221-A will both provide parking for vehicles and trailers, kayak/canoe launch, kiosks, and entry signs.  Additional access development will expand paddling options along the Broad River Paddle Trail and provide trailheads for the proposed Broad River Greenway.

Existing River Access Enhancements

Rutherford County currently provides two public river access areas along the Broad River at Gray’s and Coxe Roads.  Enhancing these existing access areas will provide destination-quality paddle trail facilities that will also serve as pocket parks and trailheads along the proposed Broad River Greenway.

“Rutherford County is blessed to have two
navigable rivers -- an opportunity awaiting.”

FUNDING
$4,800,000
BUDGET
$50,000
COMMITTED

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