Quality of Life
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York County provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation, year-round sports and entertainment. Our mild climate is perfect for boating, fishing, hiking and cycling. The county is home to several golf courses, tennis courts, sports recreation facilities and even the world class Giordana Velodrome and Novant Health BMX Supercross Track.

Whether it's water sports on Lake Wylie, activities at one of the more than 50 public parks, working out at the Upper Palmetto YMCA, or golf and tennis at one of numerous facilities throughout the county, when it comes to outdoor recreation, York County offers something for everyone.


Anne Springs Close Greenway
Donated in 1995 by the children of Anne Springs Close, The Anne Springs Close Greenway is a 2,100 acre nature preserve in Fort Mill, SC. The greenway was dedicated to serve as a natural buffer from urban development and a place for recreation – from hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, to picnics, kayaking and more.  


Lake Wylie

The 13,400 acre Lake Wylie in northern York County is ideal for outdoor recreation and provides opportunities for boating, fishing, water sports and sailing.


Kings Mountain State Park & National Military Park
Kings Mountain State Park is situated on 6,000 acres in northwest York County. The park offers two fishing lakes, a boat landing, campground, and horse stables.

The park is adjacent to the Kings Mountain National Military Park, a national  park which commemorates the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain. The battle was a pivotal victory for the Patriots and the first major American victory following the British invasion of Charleston in 1780.


Upper Palmetto YMCA

Upper Palmetto YMCA
The Upper Palmetto YMCA includes ten branches serving York, Chester and Lancaster counties. YMCA Camp Cherokee, in operation as a summer camp since 1945, is located near Kings Mountain State Park.



Rock Hill Parks and Recreation
The City of Rock Hill has over 400 acres of parks and recreation facilities. The city offers programs and special events for recreation and education.

The Giordana Velodrome located at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center at Riverwalk is endorsed by USA Cycling and routinely hosts national and UCI caliber events. The facility is open to the public and offers a variety of programs including rider development and outreach.

The Novant Health BMX Supercross Track is the only Olympic caliber training facility on the East Coast and only one of a few in the United States. The facility hosts local, regional, and national UCI caliber events.  The track is also open to the public and provides programs and instruction for riders of all ages and skill levels.

Giordana Velodrome Rock Hill SC Manchester Meadows Rock Hill SC

Approximately 3.5 hours driving time to the east, the world famous beaches of South Carolina offer sunbathing, surfing and deep-sea fishing. Within a 3 hour drive to the west lies the Great Smokey Mountains, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and several ski resorts.