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Explore the best rated trails in Piney Green, NC. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the River to the Sea Bikeway and Gary Shell Cross-City Trail. With more than 5 trails covering 44 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

River to the Sea Bikeway

Not a bikeway in any sense of the word

December, 2022 by redfishnc

Just get out a road map and go for it if you are extremely comfortable road riding. Wilmington is a beautiful town that has had little interest in building bike paths. They think calling a heavily trafficked road a bike path if you add a sign.

River to the Sea Bikeway

Not Really a Trail

December, 2022 by kulickk

I rode this in December 2022 As most of it is on road I would call this a bike route and not really a trail Some of the on road sections are on busy roads without a specific bike lane Some of the route in the downtown area is on brick pavement so not fun to ride on I did see lots of signs for the trail where turns required Some other comments mentioned parts of it are in unsafe areas. I certainly did not feel that was true.

Gary Shell Cross-City Trail

it’s just ok

December, 2022 by kulickk

Rode this trail in December 2022 It is all paved and generally well marked However if you are not comfortable riding in bike lanes on busy roads this is NOT your trail Lots of traffic signals with long waits to cross multi lane streets There are some scenic parts thru parks

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River to the Sea Bikeway

Yikes!

November, 2022 by sherri.hurn

I rode this trail one time and did not enjoy it and swore I'd never do it again. It was difficult to follow/find, unattractive, and dangerous. I lived in downtown Wilmington at Pier 33 for 2 months and rode to Wrightsville Beach frequently, but only once on this full trail. Instead, I created a more pleasant, safe and enjoyable route from downtown to Empie Park and then hopped on the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail, which is MUCH prettier, enjoyable, and safe.

Gary Shell Cross-City Trail

Enjoyed the ride

November, 2022 by sherri.hurn

I stayed downtown on the waterfront for two months, and in that time I rode a combination of the River to Sea and Gary Shell Cross-City Trail to go from downtown to Wrightsville Beach. The River to Sea Trail is pretty tough, with narrow, bumpy streets downtown and only bike lanes which amounted to painted markings only. It goes through some pretty sketch neighborhoods, too. I didn't always feel safe, so I improvised and created my own route from downtown to where I intersected the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail at Empie Park. At that point, I followed the Gary Shell trail and I enjoyed most all of the ride to the beach. Of course, I'd love fewer traffic lights, but honestly for that part of the trail there were long stretches of uninterrupted trail that felt less like city riding with lakes, trees, etc. From my location at Pier 33 apartments, it was almost exactly 15 miles to Wrightsville Beach, making a perfect afternoon ride out and back.

Gary Shell Cross-City Trail

What a wonderful way to get across town. From Halyburton Park, to Wrightsville Beach. 15 Mile one way a total of 30 miles make a day of it

July, 2022 by going2thbeach_tl

What a wonderful way to get across town. From Halyburton Park, to Wrightsville Beach. 15 Mile one way a total of 30 miles make a day of it

River to the Sea Bikeway

well marked and sketchy in spots

May, 2022 by dgkrass

Road most of the trail from Wilmington to almost 2 miles from the beach. Nice trail, fairly well marked. There is one spot mid way that switch backs to use a crosswalk on a busy road. Ok but could be marked better. The hard part came towards the end your crossing and and going on busy roads to cross the bridges. We at that point turned back. Later we found if you jump on the cross city trail for a bit it would have helped with the second bridge. All and all it needs work in that busy and contested area.

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!!

Gary Shell Cross-City Trail

very disappointed

April, 2022 by bslaters5

If you like biking on a busy highway this is the trail for you!! Not well marked and people drive very fast and aggressive!

Gary Shell Cross-City Trail

A tale of two trails

April, 2022 by sandymo

Rode from Empie Park to the Wrightsville Beach bridge today. The good parts of the trail were very good…the rest wasn’t. The trail is not very well marked in places and pretty hard to figure out. I wouldn’t suggest trying without a local leader or a big pile of time and patience. The route varies between nice trail, bike lanes, neighborhood roads, and a few sidewalks thrown in. Signs would make a huge difference.

River to the Sea Bikeway

Almost

September, 2021 by ooogahboogahd529

I’ve lived here in ILM for almost 10 years now and have been keeping an eye on the progress of this trail since I moved here. I bike from downtown to work near Mayfaire on this trail very regularly and, while it certainly has gotten better from where it started this trail still needs significant work. The sections of the trail between South College (which you will have to cross at a light through traffic) and up to the bridge at Wrightsville are fine. You’re on a separate trail and have cross-walks as needed. However, when you’re riding around downtown and after you cross the bridge at Wrightsville, you’re on roads. This is mostly okay because they can be smaller roads, but you will be on some main roads with cars going by you pretty quickly. If you’re okay with that, go for it! It really is a fun ride. But if you’re newer to road cycling or are uncomfortable with cars going quickly by you, maybe skip this one for now. Like I said, the city is working to improve this trail. It’s just not quite there yet.

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