Rutherford Outdoor Coalition

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail


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Length 13.5 miles

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Update 11-21-18

The full 13.5 miles of the trail is expected to completed by the end of 2018. Currently about 12 miles of the trail is paved. It is paved from Gilkey to the US 74 bridge in Forest City. The Town of Forest City has contracted out work on that bridge, which will be a feature of the trail. The pavement is 12-feet wide.

The trail is not officially open but it is in use. Please use caution on the trail during this interim state as there are no stop signs nor other safety measures installed.

Click on the GPS the Trail link to explore where the trail will be once it is complete.

Many thanks again to RHI Legacy Foundation for making this trail a reality with more than $4.5 million in funding!!


WHERE: The 13.5 miles of 12' wide trails will run from Forest Hunt elementary school in Forest City through Forest City, Spindale, Rutherfordton and Ruth up to Gilkey. There will be numerous trail heads along the route.

DIRECTIONS: Major access points will be at Forest Hunt elementary, Florence Mill park in Forest City, along Main Street in Spindale, along Railroad Av in Rutherfordton and Ruth and the Bechtler Mint site of Hwy 221 north. Trail heads and additional parking will be provided as the paving project progresses

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