The Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail, known locally as the Lincolnton Rail-Trail, offers a chance to search the heart of this small Southern town, highlighted by a stately courthouse, model Main Street, thriving arts scene and nearby lakes and mountains. Once an eyesore covered in kudzu and debris, the former Norfolk Southern Railroad corridor is now the pride and joy of "Lovable Lincolnton."
From the old railroad depot at Pine and North Poplar streets, two blocks north of Main, the trail meanders through town, briefly sharing its corridor with an active railroad line. Expect to encounter both locals and visitors out for exercise or on a break from the specialty and antique shops. The smooth, paved trail is especially popular with inline skaters and parents pushing baby strollers. Benches line the route, inviting you to pause and take in this enchanting town and trail.
As of September 2012, a new half-mile section is under construction that will connect the trail with the Betty G. Ross Park and City Park. The new segment is expected to be completed by mid-December.
The trail was named in memory of the woman who championed its cause and was instrumental in securing funds to build it.
From Charlotte, take I-85 south to Exit 10 and head north on US Highway 321. Take Exit 24 and follow NC 27/Main Street west into Lincolnton. Turn right on North Poplar Street, and drive one block to the intersection of North Poplar and East Pine. The trailhead is on East Pine, behind the old railroad depot. Street parking is available across from the depot.
City of Lincolnton Planning Department
P.O. Box 617
Lincolnton, NC 28093
I have always lived in Lincoln County and recently moved in to the city limits of Lincolnton. The Marcia Rail Trail lets you see parts of this small town that you would miss while driving. I marveled at the historic buildings, wild life, and beautiful ...