Cramerton Things to Do
If you have come to Cramerton to get away from it all, you are almost there. There is a 1.2 mile loop of the Riverside Greenway which winds along the banks of the South Fork
River. The land for this greenway, which is part of the Carolina Thread Trail was donated by Burlington Industries in 1993. Running north, the Riverside Greenway begins at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Cramer Mountain Road in one of the oldest sections of Cramerton. Locals refer to this area of Cramerton. as “Old Town.” Along the paved, urban trail, visitors may encounter wildlife such as wood ducks and beavers. There are also many river overlooks, canoe portages, a picnic shelter, restroom, and a basketball court. The trail is ADA compliant and ends at the Southern Railroad overpass where hikers can make the loop and walk back to the trailhead.
Dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash and this is a free facility.
The trail is asphalt paved and walking, jogging, bicycling, paddling (in the South Fork)and fishing are permitted activities. The trail is pretty level and not likely to be too challenging for most people.Related to:
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Cramerton Sports & Outdoors
If you are in the Charlotte area and want to do a bit of relatively low stress canoeing or kayaking, you might want to look into the possibilities along the South Fork of the Catawba River.
The South Fork River Blueway has a number of boat launches located along its course. The northern most put-in is located in Spencer Mountain and is maintained by Catawba Lands Conservancy. This access is by permit only. A permit can be requested by contacting the Catawba Lands Conservancy (Contact information is below).
Launch 1: Spencer Mountain
Address - 200 Stanley-Spencer Mountain Road, Spencer Mountain, NC 28164
Launch 2: South Fork River Park (Gaston County Parks and Recreation)
Address - 4185 Mountain View Street, Gastonia, NC 28056
Launch 3: R. Y. McAden Take-out in McAdenville (Catawba Lands Conservancy)
Address - 119 Willow Drive, McAdenville, NC 28101
A LAUNCH POINT WILL BE OPENING AT THIS LOCATION ON 11 JULY 2014.
Launch 4: Goat Island Park (Town of Cramerton)
Address - 305 Greenwood Place, Cramerton, NC 28012
Launch 5: Riverside Park (Town of Cramerton)
Address - Riverside Drive, Cramerton, NC 28032
The South Fork of the Catawba River is west of the Catawba River and merges with the Catawba at Lake Wylie near the South Carolina state line. The river offers miles of natural landscapes, with great fishing and paddling opportunities. Catawba Lands Conservancy opened a canoe and kayak access point on the South Fork of the Catawba River in May of 2009 known as the Spencer Mountain River Access. The trip down to the R.Y. McAden River Access take out point is approximately 2 hours, 5.5 miles.
River stream features vary from slow moving water with a few Class I/II rapids where rock ledges have been carved from the river bottom to concentrated rapids at approximately mile 3.5. There is a dam approximately 5.5 miles down the river - users must exit the river on the right (river right) before the dam at the R.Y. McAden River Access. Those continuing downstream can use the Adam Springs Portage on the left. Downstream from the dam, paddlers will encounter the headwaters of Lake Wylie which is slower moving water and there are a number of rich wetlands along the stream banks.
The South Fork Catawba River is home to a variety of wildlife, including great blue herons, osprey, bald eagles, and deer. Users who access the river from the Spencer Mountain River Access will paddle through some of the most ecologically diverse lands in our region, many of which are permanently protected by the Conservancy.
DANGER - DAM INFORMATION
Approximately 5 miles down stream of the Spencer Mountain River Access paddlers will encounter the McAdenville Dam. Paddlers can exit the river at the R.Y. McAden take-out on the right bank. For paddlers wishing to continue downstream to Cramerton, you can use the Adam Springs Portage on the left bank.
The Spencer Mountain River Access is by permit only. You can request a permit by contacting the Catawba Lands Conservancy. The remaining boat-launches are open to the public during normal park hours, which are usually throughout daylight hours.
Town of Cramerton
Parks & Recreation Department
Director, Parks & Recreation
155 N. Main Street
Cramerton, NC 28032
Parks and Recreation
1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy
Dallas, NC 28034
Catawba Lands Conservancy
Land Stewardship Director
105 West Morehead Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Equipment: Bring your own. Nature provides the water, the scenery, and the wildlife.Related to:
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