Initially called The Riverwalk (and the community around it still is), the PMCT is approx. 4.5 miles (out and back) of paved, gently rolling train next to the Catawba river (approx. 6 miles from the hospital from which it gets its current name), well-suited for walking year round. Trees provide shade over almost the entire path for waking on steamy summer days; however, bring your own water. A variety of park benches and grassy areas are available for rest or reflection. Since the trail is shared by bicyclists and pet-fanciers, some walking caution is advised. Drop off areas are available for those with physical limitations, though some trail areas might be a bit too rolling for some with disabilities. Well worth taking the time for a leisurely visit!