McDowell County - YMCA Trails

Greenway Trail Background

McDowell County has partnered with the Corpening YMCA and several additional partners to develop two greenway loops in the vicinity of the Corpening YMCA facility off of Sugar Hill Road.

George Hutchins Loop

The Hutchins Loop encircles the YMCA and is a total length of 0.8 miles.  This loop is mostly easy with steady grade changes for most of the trail.  There is one portion of the trail that has a steeper grade.  The entire trail is paved asphalt.

Bill Hendley Loop

The Hendley Loop connects with the Hutchins Loop in the vicinity of the McDowell Senior Center and proceeds to cross Spaulding Road, traversing the McDowell Medical Park, and the McDowell Hospital property before venturing into a wooded section with several picturesque stream crossings.  Once crossing Spaulding Road again, the trail features several more water features and bridges.  This trail is also mostly flat with one gradual grade change.  The total length of this trail is also 0.8 miles.

Parking and Access

There is a small parking area on Spaulding Road which includes two handicap spaces.  Trail users may also park at the McDowell Senior Center after the center is closed or at the Corpening YMCA throughout the daytime. Both trail sections close at dusk.


For more information, contact Chad Marsh, Parks and Recreation Director at