About Rock HillThe name Rock Hill is derived from the white flint rock encountered during the construction of the Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Railroad. Not much more than a sprawling country crossroad for several decades following 1852, Rock Hill finally blossomed into an industrial town with the spread of cotton mills in the Upstate and the development of hydroelectric power on the Catawba River.
In 1895 Rock Hill obtained Winthrop College from Columbia, where it had been founded in 1886. Today Winthrop University offers an art gallery, a golf course and a lake for public enjoyment.
Several outdoor activities are available in the community. Glencairn Garden , at Charlotte Avenue and Edgemont and Crest streets, is a manicured 11-acre city park with water features, a lily pond, winding paths, a children's garden and a garden honoring veterans. Azaleas, dogwoods and wisteria reach their peak in mid-April; tulips bloom a bit later in the spring, annuals throughout the summer. Phone (803) 329-5620. Another place to enjoy the outdoors is the 3.35-mile Riverwalk: Piedmont Medical Center Trail (575 Herrons Ferry Rd.), where you can stroll, bike or launch a kayak or canoe at the Catawba River; phone (803) 326-0085 for more information.
In April Rock Hill hosts the 10-day Come-See-Me Festival , which features art exhibitions, road races, concerts, fireworks, a parade and international food.
Visitor Centers Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau 130 E. Main St. Rock Hill, SC 29730. Phone:(803)329-5200 or (888)702-1320
Shopping Rock Hill Galleria (2301 Dave Lyle Blvd.) offers Belk as well as an assortment of national retailers.
Things to Do Main Street Children's Museum
Rock Hill, SC
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