GET FAMILIAR WITH THE THERMAL BELT RAIL TRAIL
Bridging the towns of Ruth, Rutherfordton, Spindale and Forest City, the Thermal Belt Rail Trail is connecting great communities. Enjoy:
13.58 Miles Long of Converted Railway
12’ Wide Paved Trail
Gentle Elevation Changes — 1500-1621
Walk, Run, Bike, Commute
Seven Devoted Parking Areas
Natural Canopy Provides Shade
Northern Section (Mile 0 to 5):
Long Stretches Between Cross Streets
Great for Biking and Hot Weather
Southern Section (Mile 5 to 13.5):
Restaurants & Shopping
HOURS OF OPERATION
> The Thermal Belt Rail Trail is open from dawn until dusk.
> For emergencies call or text 911. Include your location/nearest cross street.
> Travel on right, pass on left; Give audible warning before passing.
> Speed limit is 15 miles per hour.
> Respect nature. Please do not collect, remove or disturb a natural or
> Littering is illegal with fines up to $2,500. If you pack it in, pack it out.
> Trail surfaces are slippery when wet.
> For your safety please walk with a friend.
> All bicyclists, roller skaters, etc. are encouraged to wear a helmet and protective gear. Any child under the age of 16 riding a bicycle shall wear a helmet as required by NCGS 20-171.
> Trail users should refrain from leaving the paved portion of the trail.
> Stop, look and listen at all road crossings. Use caution when proceeding into any intersection even when using a marked crosswalk.
> Minors under the age of 16 are recommended to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
> Reckless use of wheeled recreational vehicles, including but not limited to bicycles, skates, skateboards, or roller blades is prohibited.
> Please be courteous to your fellow trail users and refrain from smoking or vaping.
> Watch for official motorized vehicles like government or emergency vehicles performing occasional maintenance or matters of public safety.
ATTENTION TRAIL USERS
Users of the Thermal Belt Rail Trail do so at their own risk. The Towns of Ruth, Rutherfordton, Spindale, Forest City, the County of Rutherford, and Rutherford Railroad Development Corporation are not liable for any injuries or accidents occurring during use of the trail. By using the trail, users release and waive said entities from any liability whatsoever that may arise during use of the trail.