Rutherford Outdoor Coalition, created in 2003, is a non-profit organization founded to promote and expand outdoor recreation in Rutherford County, NC. The group began as a way to bring together those who love to hike, paddle, run, and bike and provide them with access and outings to enjoy this beautiful area. ROC provides locations, directions, and descriptions for outdoor recreational activities throughout Rutherford County. We offer downloadable maps, photos, and videos to help you make the most of your outdoor fun.
In the absence of an official county recreation department, the Rutherford Outdoor Coalition focuses on coordinated activity, but we are also very active in developing new trails. As we have developed more trails and nature areas for residents to enjoy their favorite outdoor pastimes, we have grown in membership. We are proud that our members work together as an organization for the greater good of all residents of the county as well as our visitors.
The Rutherford Outdoor Coalition, along with several charitable organizations, has raised over $100,000 for developing and improving the rail-trail, including paving much of it. As of Fall 2016, we have completed partial paving of an 8-mile section of rail-trail and had the rest of it upgraded with an improved gravel surface.
We have just cleared a right-of-way hurdle that will allow expansion of that trail to 13 miles. We are also working, along with several other groups, to establish and maintain another major trail system in the Lake Lure area. The Broad River property is another area of concern within the county. We are actively working to clean up this area and establish public access points along the river.
ROC, along with several corporate sponsors, has managed a local race series since 2011. Running from February through Thanksgiving, the series has 12 races planned this year. We were proud to see over 1,200 runners compete for prizes in years past. We also have a popular annual cycling tour. We invite all runners and bikers to join in these events.
At ROC our vision is simple: We have recognized the huge outdoor recreation potential in our county and we strive to work together to make this untapped resource known to everyone. We invite you to join us in this adventure. Whether you love to hike, bike, paddle, or saddle up, the Rutherford Outdoor Coalition is here to help make that possible.
ROC holds a monthly general meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Barleys Taproom in Spindale. All are welcome. We also publish a monthly newsletter. You can see an archive on our Newsletter page.
Keep your maps in a plastic bag to protect them from the rain and know how to use them. GPS units are great, but they are not substitutes for knowing how to use a map and compass.