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Explore the best rated trails in Newton, NC. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Railroad Grade Road and Highland Rail Trail. With more than 40 trails covering 125 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

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

great ride 11/7/22

November, 2022 by worldwidewellness

We parked at a park 2 miles from the northern end and went north to the end and then back south to Forest City and back north to the car. About 17 miles and 2 hours. Nice even pavement. Warm fall day. Perfect. Northern end more woodsy but interesting in the more populated areas and towns as well. Would defiantly do it again.

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

beautiful Fall trail

October, 2022 by sonia.anuth

The trail is wide, paved and well maintained. There are a number of street crossings but most are small country roads. The scenery’s is beautiful. Enjoy!

Catawba River Greenway

The Perfect I-40 Hour Break!

October, 2022 by malarkeycontainer

Not a "destination" trail, but the perfect stop along the way. Take an hour or 2 only 1 mile off of I-40. Peaceful 4 mile ride (8 mi RT) alongside the River. Take a break, walk down to the river, and enjoy your lunch. Stop at Ingles at the Trailhead entrance either coming in or heading out and fill up your gas tank. Your other tanks will be filled as well...

Accordion

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

Thermal Belt.

September, 2022 by dhuntdds

Great ride. After the ride, Get a burger at Slims Bar and grill. Great local burger, staff and perfect country music. 114 North Powell Street, Forest City.

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

great first ride

September, 2022 by wantucce63

I’m from Illinois and this is my first ride since moving to NC. I cannot stand and climb like I used to do to an injury so was nervous as this state is very mountainous and hilly. This trail challenged but did not kill me. A lot of road crossings but most were very clear and hardly messed with flow. Everyone polite and shared the trail. A good ride and I’ll be back.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

Great ride esp on weekday mornings

September, 2022 by iretireu

We love this ride.

Statesville Greenway Trail

Nice trail..wear bug spray!!

September, 2022 by morgansmom04

Nice trail..wear bug spray!!

Antiquity Greenway

easy quiet walk

August, 2022 by jimrobin1205

It was a very nice, easy walk. Asphalt path was clean, well kept and wide following a power line right of way. Slight decline one way and incline on the way back. Not strenuous though but I did break a slight sweat. No shade at all. We walked on a cloudy afternoon 5:00 pm 83 degrees and it was nice. If it had been sunny and hotter it would not have been enjoyable at all. Some bug spray would have been good. Had some knats. Saw some bunnies and birds.

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

Favorite Rail Trail in Western NC

August, 2022 by jwill77nc2_tl

We love this trail - it is our “go-to” when we want to get a good ride and enjoy the area. The trail passes through a number of great towns that have wonderful places to stop and eat along the way. We typically park in Spindale, which is about the midpoint of the trail. There is plenty of free parking there and things to see after your ride.

Railroad Grade Road

Not a Dedicated Bike Trail; This is a Narrow Highway

August, 2022 by jwill77nc2_tl

Would not recommend this trail for biking. Although the scenery is beautiful, you can’t see a lot of it. You spend most of your time looking for car traffic coming both ways.

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

Great Place to Learn

July, 2022 by rbruington63

Took my wife, daughter and granddaughter for an afternoon ride. It is a great place to teach a new cyclist the “Rules of the Trail”, learn the inner workings of how to gear up and down, as well as seeing a range of wildlife, from turtles to Deer (momma and baby).

Heritage Trail Greenway

Really enjoyed this trail and the scenery. Bringing our twin daughters to ride next time.

July, 2022 by srebeccawhite

Really enjoyed this trail and the scenery. Bringing our twin daughters to ride next time.

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