Just a short section of the Deep River Rail-Trail is complete through Franklinville as of early 2011. Highlights of the Deep River Rail-Trail include an old fish weir built by early Native Americans.
There are plans to extend the trail in the nearby town of Ramseur, which would include a 3.5-mile segment heading east, and to extend the rail-trail from Franklinville west to Cedar Falls. Trail advocates see the trail eventually stretching from Jamestown through Ramseur, then south to House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site and east to Harris Lake.
In 2011 Franklinville is applying for a Recreational Trails Program grant (from NC) for improvements on a westward easement that would extend the trail as far as Riverside Park and double the length of the trail to 1.55 miles.
The Deep River Rail-Trail follows the abandoned rail bed of the Atlantic and Yadkin Railroad, which began operations in 1897 and shut down in 1980.
Parking and Trail Access
From Asheboro drive about 7.7 miles east on US 64/SR 49 to t Andrew Hunter Road/SR 2235; turn left and go 1.8 miles. Take a slight right onto West Main St./NC 22 and go about 0.75 mile. Turn right on to Rising Sun Way (look for the trail sign) and drive a short distance to the trailhead parking lot.
Short but sweet!
After finding out about this trail a few months ago, my son and I finally got a chance to go check it out. I only live about 10 miles from it so it is quick to get to for a nice Sunday afternoon hike. The parking for the trail is very nice and it is easy ...