ROC Monthly Newsletter

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The new website offers printable maps, links to photos of popular nearby trails, suggestions and tips for your favorite outdoor activities, easier online membership renewal and much more!

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Buffalo Creek Park

Buffalo Creek Park in Lake Lure is now officially re-opened and restored to her original state from the damage associated with the Party Rock Fire last November. The repairs were completed ahead of schedule and under budget thanks to the great work of Trail Dynamics, who originally built the trail back in 2012/2013.

New Couch to 5k Program

ROC is happy to announce that we are starting a Couch to 5K program! This 12-week program is FREE to the public and will run from February 27th through May 17th, 2017. 

Dana Bradley will be leading this program and the training sessions will be held on Monday's and Wednesday's at 5:30 pm at the Forest City-Dunbar track located on Education Avenue in Forest City (Coordinates 35.345337, -81.876100). 

Upcoming Events:
South Mountains Game Lands Hike

Sunday, February 26 - 9:00 am

This is approximately a 
5 mile,  moderate to strenuous hike due to some off trail hiking and fairly difficult creek crossings. We have had large groups on this route with people of all ages and with no trouble. 
We will meet at the Rutherfordton Annex (289 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton) at 9:00am.
There will be a secondary meeting on Roper Hollow Rd. off of Hwy 64 at 9:45am. 

Please RSVP or send questions to

Couch to 5k Program

Feb 27 - May 17
Mondays & Wednesdays 
5:30 pm 

Forest  City-Dunbar track located on Education Avenue in Forest City (Coordinates 35.345337, -81.876100). 
To sign up for this program, email Dana Bradley at  or call (864) 324-1188. 

April Fool's Day Float

Saturday, April 1 - 11:00 am

Our first scheduled group float of the year will take place on the Broad River from Lake Hauser to the Broad River Greenway.  
More information coming soon. Mark your calendars and watch for updates on Facebook and by email.

If you would like to be added to ROC's Broad River Paddlers' email list for direct emails about all river events and updates email
Broad River Spring Sweep

Saturday, May 27 - 10:00 am

Save the Date!  
The Broad River Spring Sweep has been scheduled!  Please watch for Facebook posts and Emails for more information on the Spring Sweep coming soon. 
ROC Race Series
Box Creek Wilderness 5k/10k

Saturday, Feb 18th - 10:00 am

The 2017 ROC Race Series is set to begin with the Box Creek 10K in Union Mills. 

12th Annual Bear Foot 5k and Fun Run

March 18, 2017 -  8:30  am

The Bear Foot 5K and 1/2 Mile Fun Run takes place at Sunshine Elementary 231 Toney Road Bostic, NC 28018 

Trombatore Trail Hike

It was a brisk hike on the afternoon of Feb 3rd as we hiked the Trombatore Trail. The hike was approx. 6 miles round trip. This is an easy to moderate trail with a nice viewpoint at the end. 

ICC Volunteer Day

On February 7th, ROC continued to keep the ICC trails looking great! We are also preparing for signage updates to the trail that will be installed this spring.

ICC Trails Photos

Ways to Participate in ROC
Trail Boss and River Steward Programs

  • We need people like you to become trail bosses and river stewards for our local trails and river system. 
    • Trail Bosses walk their section of trail at least once a month, report any issues they see, and help keep their section clean. 
    • River Stewards float their river section once a month and report downed trees and other obstacles that need to be addressed. There is a River Stewards meeting held on the 2nd Thursday of each month to discuss river improvements and plan future clean-ups. 
  • If you are interested in learning more about becoming a trail boss or river steward, contact Hallie Zeedik at or call (828) 625-9983 ext. 505. 
  • Click Here for more information on Rutherford County trails.
Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to build skills, meet people, and give back to the community all while having fun.  We invite and encourage individuals and groups of all backgrounds and ages to get involved and help grow a stronger community.
ROC offers many types of volunteer opportunities throughout the year with varying levels of involvement and physical activity. Our volunteer opportunities include trail projects, fundraising events, festivals, group outings, clean-ups, and more.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, contact Hallie Zeedik at or call (828) 625-9983 ext. 505. 
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