The Dunn-Erwin Rail-Trail traverses 5.3 miles of the Aberdeen and Rockfish corridor in Harnett County, North Carolina. It connects the downtown areas of Dunn and Erwin, coursing through the suburbs, light industrial areas and cotton fields, crossing the Black River and wetlands.
The Dunn-Erwin Rail-Trail is part of the East Coast Greenway; interpretive markers and signs relay the history of the area. The trail is also close to shops and restaurants.
Though the trail is gravel, wheelchair users will find the road-level route accessible. Nearby attractions include parks, the Cape Fear River, the Erwin History Room, the General Lee Airborne Museum, the Averasboro Battlefield Museum and the Centennial Trail in downtown Erwin.
Parking and Trail Access
To reach the Dunn trailhead from the north, take I-95 south to Exit 73, head west on Cumberland Street/US Highway 421/NC 55 then turn right on Orange Avenue. Drive three blocks to Harnett Street and park along the road or in the Harnett Primary School lot. The trailhead is behind the school.
To reach the Erwin trailhead, continue on US Highway 421/NC 55 past Dunn. In Erwin, turn left on Old Field Church Road, then right on East H Street. The trail ends in the median on this street.
Dunn Area Tourism Authority
P.O. Box 310
Dunn, NC 28335
My family and I rode this trail yesterday, starting in Erwin, to Dunn and then back to Erwin. Ten miles round trip. My 8, 11 and 13 year olds all enjoyed this trail. The surface is well kept. The grade, if there is one, was not noticable in either direction. ...
What a Surprise
We rode the trail yesterday (9/5/10). The reviews left us a little unsure as to what we would find. What a pleasant surprise. The trail was well groomed and maintained, and we got to see some of the things that make up the little places like Erwin and ...
How about directions from the South? thanks.