Rocky Creek Trail grand opening set

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By The Staff

GREAT FALLS - Sunlight sparkling on the flowing waters of Rocky Creek, birds singing in the stately hardwoods and the sound of water splashing over rocks are just a few of the pleasures that visitors will experience along the Rocky Creek Trail.

The Great Falls Home Town Association and the town of Great Falls invite the public to celebrate the opening of the Rocky Creek Trail on Thursday.  

The 3-mile trail, funded through a grant from the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism department, represents a small step towards the future Carolina Thread Trail.

The Rocky Creek Trail and surrounding protected lands on both sides of the Catawba River have been designated as an Important Bird Area, meaning that it is significant in its capacity to provide essential habitat for birds in this region.

These developments are the result of partnerships between the Great Falls Hometown Association, the Katawba Valley Land Trust, the town of Great Falls, S.C. Department of Natural Resources, S.C. PRT and Audubon South Carolina.

The celebration will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Rocky Creek Trail parking lot, 1.2 miles south of Great Falls on U.S. 21/S.C. 200, just north of the Rocky Creek Bridge. 

Look for the “KVLT” sign and trail opening signs. 

Following a brief presentation, KVLT naturalist Austin Jenkins will head up a nature walk. 

Activities will conclude by noon.