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Explore the best rated trails in New Bern, NC. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the South Tar River Greenway and Emerald Path. With more than 5 trails covering 23 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

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.

Jacksonville-Camp LeJeune Rail-to-Trails

Great evening ride

May, 2022 by tlopus

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

Accordion

Emerald Path

Awesome Day!

December, 2020 by virginiaraeritter

We rented 5 bikes from Beach Wheels and started riding from the first beach access off of Ocean Dr. We didn’t feel comfortable riding on the road, so Bryan at Beach Wheels was kind enough to drop the bikes off there so we could ride on the bike path. We took the path all the way down to Plaza Mexican in Emerald Isle and had lunch. Then we biked down to Emerald Isle Woods where we took the bikes down to the water and enjoyed the view. Around 3:00 we turned around and biked our way back to Sweet Spot for ice cream. We were pretty tired at that point so we biked our way back to car.

Overall it was a very enjoyable bike ride. One thing I wish we had know is that the path is mostly downhill as you bike your way towards Emerald Isle which means it’s uphill as you’re coming back towards the car. We biked around 20 miles in total so the last 5-6 miles we’re pretty rough as we were very tired! Also, there’s a good bit of crosswalk traffic so be very cautious of cars as your cross.

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

Emerald Path

Cold but enjoyable ride!

November, 2017 by mwepps68

I had difficulty finding parking at the end of the trail but was able to find a public beach access parking in Indian Beach just past the end of the off-the-road portion. The cross road stops could get a little monotonous in the busier months but were not a big issue in November. It was cold and windy but still was an enjoyable ride. There are several public restrooms along the route.
The description only includes the portion of the trail that parallels, but is off, the main road (about 11 miles). There is an on-road trail that continues into Indian Beach and Atlantic Beach (probably close to 25 miles total). This road is fairly busy but the bike path is wide enough so it isn't uncomfortable.

Emerald Path

Emerald Isle Trail.

July, 2017 by mmccar5938

All paved, gets a little busy with cross car traffic around downtown Emerald Isle on the path. Nice path for the most part. I would suggest early morning or later afternoon to heat. Has water stop, rest rooms at the beach access and tourist center. We like to ride along Ocean Drive along the ocean and end at the beach (end of Coast Guard Road). You can park at Boat Ramp or several beach access locations.

South Tar River Greenway

family pass day

May, 2015 by lamadequeso

Safe and ease.

Jacksonville-Camp LeJeune Rail-to-Trails

August, 2012 by mjacksonfisher

Actually, if you complete the entire trail (CLNC old gate to just past Jones Funeral Home) it is a litte over 7 miles. I have walked this trail many times, even by myself, both during the day and at 5:00 pm after work (I carry mace and taser). It gets a litte scarry in some parts and you definately need to be aware of your surroundings. Very shady and paved with asphalt so it has a little more cusiony of a step. If I could change anything about the trail, it would be the following: Extend it to a full 10 miles, have better security (I have NEVER seen a JPD bike patrol on the trail), a couple of water fountains along the way. Thats it! Overall, very enjoyable! mejf

Jacksonville-Camp LeJeune Rail-to-Trails

R2T trail

April, 2012 by sloman

Leaves a lot to be desired. Lots of trash,denied access to halve the trail on Camp. When will the 52 miles be available? Two miles is a joke.

Jacksonville-Camp LeJeune Rail-to-Trails

Step in the right direction

April, 2010 by lyoung02

Walked from the endpoint at Onslow to the pedestrian bridge over Lejeune Blvd. The trail follows Marine Blvd. for awhile and then finally heads into a more wooded area, allowing trail users to enjoy some peace and quiet. Saw lots of cyclists but only a few walkers/runners. One thing the trail seems to lack is garbage cans! I did not see a single one. Also, while there are signs recognizing the group or organization that has adopted each section of the trail (for litter control, etc.), it would have been nice to have some signs with information about the trail itself-- what it's called, where it goes, etc. This would be especially helpful for people like myself who are visitors to Jacksonville. This trail is certainly a step in the right direction for the health and well-being of Jacksonville residents.

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