Rocky Branch Park, a popular recreational park, is currently undergoing upgrades to make it a must see outdoor attraction for visitors to Gaston County. When completed this park will offer an extensive trail system for hikers and mountain bikers of all skill levels providing easy, moderate and challenging trails. Best of all this park enhancement will connect Cramerton and Belmont making it convenient for adventurists to make a day of it and enjoy the park followed by some much deserved chill time in town at local eating establishments.
Phase 1 Enhancement
Currently underway, is the construction of the Carolina Thread Trail, a 1 mile multi-use crushed gravel trail running through the park with five bridges crossing the Rocky Branch Creek. If you have been out to the park recently, you will notice the park is closed until the project is complete. Construction of this phase will take between 60 and 90 days, weather permitting with the hopes of the park opening back up by mid-March 2021. A new kiosk at the trailhead offers an updated map that showcases the plan for the new trails.
Future phases include the construction of a 1.15 mile beginner level trail loop (for mountain biking, hiking and trail running), a 1.35 mile intermediate trail loop (for mountain biking, hiking and trail running) and a 1.10 mile advanced trail loop (for mountain biking only). The progressive trails will include natural-element bike park style features such as rock gardens, boardwalks and dirt drops. This creates fun and playful riding and hiking experiences, unlike any other trail system in the region.
Make It a Day
After a your day at the park make some time to head into town and relax.
The city of Belmont is a small yet growing town located located only a couple blocks from the head of the trails at Rocky Branch Park. Visitors will enjoy strolling the beautifully maintained downtown historical streets, shopping or grabbing a bite to eat.
Located on Main Street in the refurbished police station is Old Stone Steakhouse serving up American cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere, Behind the police station is Jailhouse and if you haven't guessed, it once served as the town jail. Take a look inside and find some of the old cells built into the design of this whiskey and cigar bar. Also on Main is Nellie's Southern Kitchen, established by the Jonas Brothers’ family and it serves southern style bites and they also offer a rooftop bar. One last notable stop is the old railroad station which houses a coffee shop, bike shop and serves food on their patio from the outdoor grill.
If you enjoy craft beverages, Gaston County features the Ridgeline Craft Beverage trail and three of the destinations along the trail happen to be in Belmont.
Muddy River Distillery, makes the best rum you’ve ever tasted by using premium ingredients, handcrafted recipes, and custom-built stills.
Primal Brewing beer for all tastes and style preferences.
Jekyll & Hyde Taphouse & Grill is a steampunk gastropub and brewery where you will find a large selection of freshly brewed beers, wine for any palate and signature craft cocktails.
The Trail Team
Special thanks to the committee of volunteers made up of Belmont residents and outdoor enthusiasts who were selected by the non-profit group Tarheel Trailblazers. who built the previous trail system and will continue to coordinate to maintain the enhanced system.