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Explore the best rated trails in Ayden, NC. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the South Tar River Greenway and Rail Switch Nature Trail. With more than 8 trails covering 19 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Princeville Heritage Trail

I should have paid attention to the word “grassy.” My bad.

October, 2022 by hswalker39

The trail is entirely grass, and I found it rough even with my fat tires. I definitely don’t have the soul of a mountain biker, so someone more adventurous (and younger) might be fine. The area itself has a lot of history, unfortunately, the Museum/Visitor Center was closed and appeared to be undergoing renovations. Not sorry we went. Just would have wished for a better trail. The trail signs were so faded as to be unreadable, which gives a feeling of neglect. ¿

South Tar River Greenway

4th 2022 weekend

July, 2022 by rwnoble2003_tl

Nice pathway along Tar River. Good historic markers

Jacksonville-Camp LeJeune Rail-to-Trails

Jacksonville, NC Rails to Trails but including the County Bike paths, Riverwalk and Wilson Bay Park and the Vietnam, Beirut, 9-11 and Montfort Point Memorials.

May, 2022 by flyers135

Start your ride or walk at the Memorials Parking Lot (do not ride bikes in the memorials) proceed on the bike path and board walks approx 2.5 miles to the tunnel on left, go through and join Rail Trail path, turn right an go 3.3 miles to Trail head, turn and return, go past the the tunnel & over bridge, proceed follow the trail all the way to the old town, follow to Riverwalk Park, and follow Bike signs to the riverfront an continue following signs past Stuggeon City Enviro education Ctr, you can go in if you wish, continue following bike path signs to Wilson Bay Park for a brief stop, then continue back to the Memorials parking lot, total miles, approx 17 miles.

Accordion

Jacksonville-Camp LeJeune Rail-to-Trails

Great evening ride

May, 2022 by tlopus

Wonderful paved trail. Did see a Copperhead on the trail!!

Tar River Trail

October road trip

October, 2021 by lindarkv

Mostly flat, pleasantly curvy short ride while staying a night at a River and Twine little house. Short and sweet. There is clearly work in progress to extend the trail.

South Tar River Greenway

The trail was nice, comfortable & picturis.The East end of trail starts uphill so plenty of coasting time to west end.

August, 2019 by jamms5

The trail was nice, comfortable & picturis.The East end of trail starts uphill so plenty of coasting time to west end.

South Tar River Greenway

pretty!

June, 2018 by joyfulnes10

Crosses a few busy streets around Greenville but most of it is gorgeous. A little sandy for a road bike though

Tar River Trail

A short, pleasant Trail

May, 2016 by neschultz3

Short trail, but came from the Centennial Sportsplex so that added some mileage. I road a hybrid without a cyclometer. Great trail if your kids are tied up at the park. You can loop around to beef it out if you'd like. Trail connects up a lot of neighbor parks. I recommend. Kiosks all over that show trail map. Could still have been better marked.

Tar River Trail

Great Trail

May, 2016 by tylerpolensky15

Surprised to see Rocky Mount with such a nice trail.

Princeville Heritage Trail

Very nice trail

December, 2015 by moravia

It's on high ground, so the recent rains did not cause any problems. The trail itself is about Jeep width, but it's in a very wide clear path, so it feels very open. There are views of the river, swamps, forest, and train tracks on the ~2 mile trail. (Yes, that's right, it's not really 3 miles. From the museum to the trail, to one end then the other, and back to the museum was 4.53 miles.)

With the unseasonably warm weather recently, the trail could have used a mow. I was almost wishing to be in jeans instead of shorts, but it didn't quite cross the threshold where I wanted to abandon the walk.

Tar River Trail

perfect

September, 2015 by kim1johns

Great trail! Perfect for walking, running and bicycling.

South Tar River Greenway

family pass day

May, 2015 by lamadequeso

Safe and ease.

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