Rockdale River Trail is a beautiful 9.47-mile point-to-point trail that takes you through the forest and along the South River. This furrific trail is paved the whole way through, and dogs are welcome to join you on the trail on-leash.
Rockdale River Trail has two trailheads: one at Panola Mountain State Park on the western end of the trail, and one at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit at the eastern end. Both trailheads have restrooms and drinking water available. If you park at the Panola Mountain State Park trailhead, be aware that there’s a $5 parking fee.
The majority of the trail follows the South River, and you’ll get lots of stunning water views during your walk. The Rockdale River Trail also takes you past tons of scenic natural sites, including lovely Alexanders Lake, which is located on the western end of the trail.
Some portions of the trail take you through open fields filled with wildflowers, and other parts go through woodland areas that are home to many different native trees. You’ll also go past beautiful rocky outcroppings, and you’ll go over a few different iron and wooden bridges. While you’re walking, be sure to look for the native wildlife that lives in the area, including deer, squirrels, rabbits, and a wide variety of songbirds.
If you need to take a break during your hike, there are a few benches throughout the trail. There’s also a picnic area near the eastern end of the trail if you and your pup want to have an al fresco lunch or a snack! Have waer on hand throughout your trek.
Rockdale River Trail is a picturesque paved trail that takes you through the forest and along a pawsitively amazing river. Be sure to bring some doggy bags so you can clean up after your pup while you’re walking, and enjoy exploring this great trail!
There’s limited shade on many portions of the trail. Be sure to give your dog lots of water as you’re walking through these sections. Also, be sure to look out for snakes while you’re hiking.