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Explore the best rated trails in Shelby, NC. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Highland Rail Trail and Croft Passage (Palmetto Trail). With more than 52 trails covering 137 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.

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Length
Surfaces
Type

Antiquity Greenway

0.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Avon and Catawba Creeks Greenway

1.9 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Baxter Village Trail

3.3 mi
State: SC
Dirt, Grass, Sand

Bessemer City Park Trail

1.3 mi
State: NC
Boardwalk, Concrete, Dirt

Briar Creek Greenway

1.4 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Butterfly Branch Greenway

0.5 mi
State: SC
Concrete

Caldwell Station Creek Greenway

2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Catawba River Greenway

3.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Charlotte Rail Trail

3.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete, Brick

City of Lenoir Greenway

7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Cottonwood Trail (SC)

1.25 mi
State: SC
Dirt

Croft Passage (Palmetto Trail)

12.6 mi
State: SC
Boardwalk, Concrete, Dirt

Drayton Mills Trail (Palmetto Trail)

2 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Concrete

Duncan Park Trail

1 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Concrete

Glendale Shoals Trail

0.6 mi
State: SC
Dirt

Heritage Trail Greenway

1.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Highland Rail Trail

1.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways

2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

Kings Mountain Gateway Trail

4.3 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Gravel

Liberty Trail (Palmetto Trail)

0.6 mi
State: SC
Concrete
Accordion

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

11.78 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Lower McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek & Four Mile Creek Greenways

5.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Gravel

Lyman Rail Trail

0.5 mi
State: SC
Asphalt

Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail

1.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

McDowell Creek Greenway

1.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Pacolet Nature Trail

0.9 mi
State: SC
Asphalt

Peavine Trail (NC)

1.5 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone, Grass

Piedmont Medical Center Trail

3.4 mi
State: SC
Asphalt

Plum Creek Greenway

0.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Point Lookout Trail

3.63 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Purple Martin Greenway

1.9 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

River Birch Trail

0.6 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Gravel

River Trail (SC)

0.9 mi
State: SC
Asphalt

Shelby Rail-Trail

1.5 mi
State: NC
Dirt

South Fork Rail-Trail

2 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone, Dirt

South Prong Rocky River Greenway

1.7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Southport Road Path

3 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Concrete

Statesville Greenway Trail

6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Gravel

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

13.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Three Creeks Trail (SC)

1.2 mi
State: SC
Asphalt

Torrence Creek Greenway

1.9 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Troutman Rail-Trail

1 mi
State: NC
Concrete

Twelve Mile Creek Trail

3.2 mi
State: SC
Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Wadsworth Trail

2.8 mi
State: SC
Asphalt

Waterford Trail

1.5 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Dirt

West Branch Rocky River Greenway

2.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Wetland Trail

0.5 mi
State: SC
Boardwalk

Yadkin River Trail

2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Dirt

York Bicycle Trail

1 mi
State: SC
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Antiquity Greenway is a half-mile segment of Cornelius, NC's growing collection of multiuse paths. The paved trail begins on Zion Drive in downtown Cornelius and winds its way northeast towards the...
NC 0.6 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
The Avon and Catawba Creeks Greenway has several neighborhood entrances in Gastonia. The 1.9-mile trail winds alongside Catawba Creek and Avon Creek with a few small bridges crossings along the way....
NC 1.9 mi Asphalt
The Baxter Village Trail is nestled in a neighborhood of Fort Mill, which lies on the northern border of South Carolina (Charlotte, North Carolina, is just over the state line). The trail has a...
SC 3.3 mi Dirt, Grass, Sand
Beginning less than half a mile from downtown, the Bessemer City Park Trail offers a quiet natural retreat. The 1.3-mile route begins at the basketball court in Bessemer City Park and quickly dives...
NC 1.3 mi Boardwalk, Concrete, Dirt
Briar Creek Greenway will one day stretch 6 miles through Charlotte and connect to the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Currently, the trail is open in two disconnected segments totaling 1.4 miles. The...
NC 1.4 mi Asphalt
Part of an expansive revitalization effort that the city of Spartanburg has undertaken to improve the economic and ecological well-being of the Northside neighborhood, the Butterfly Branch Greenway...
SC 0.5 mi Concrete
Caldwell Station Creek Greenway is 2.6 miles of walking and biking trails through the woods and wetlands of Cornelius. The trail is a local treasure, popular with locals for a workout in nature, as...
NC 2 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
The Catawba River Greenway meanders, along with its river namesake, through the historic town of Morganton, North Carolina. The trail encompasses wooded areas, open meadows and the quaint commercial...
NC 3.8 mi Asphalt
Take a trip down memory lane by strolling or cycling the Charlotte Rail Trail, which follows a historic trolley route through the heart of the city along a corridor now used by Charlotte's LYNX Blue...
NC 3.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Brick
The City of Lenoir Greenway is a system of several loops and endpoints meandering through an urban landscape of parks and open areas, recreation centers, the library and wooded tracts. For more...
NC 7 mi Asphalt
A natural-surface trail that runs through the gorgeous Edwin M. Griffin Preserve just outside the center of Spartanburg, the Cottonwood Trail offers a lovely path into the wooded landscape surrounding...
SC 1.25 mi Dirt
Note: Due to the recent flooding, the Advance America Bridge along the Croft Passage has been washed away. The bridge was located between the southern trailhead and mile marker 1 and crossed over...
SC 12.6 mi Boardwalk, Concrete, Dirt
Note: Lower Drayton Mills Trail is currently closed for construction, but Upper Drayton Mills Trail is open.  Meandering around and through the City of Spartanburg's eastside, the Drayton Mills...
SC 2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The trail extends from the dam at Duncan Park Lake and courses through the park to near Union Street by the baseball stadium. The path is a gradual hill (up or down, depending on your direction of...
SC 1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Located in the quiet, rural outskirts of Spartanburg, SC, the Glendale Shoals Trail provides a lovely path for visitors to explore some of the natural beauty of the area. The natural-surface trail...
SC 0.6 mi Dirt
The Heritage Trail Greenway is a multiuse path in Newton, North Carolina. The first two phases of the trail are complete, stretching 1.5 miles from West 7th Street, winding through the wooded...
NC 1.5 mi Asphalt
Highland Rail Trail is named for the neighborhood that it runs adjacent to as it travels through Gastonia along the former Carolina and Northwestern (C&NW) Railway. Although short, it offers an...
NC 1.6 mi Asphalt
The Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways cover 2 miles of trail alongside their namesake creeks in Charlotte's city center. The Irwin Creek Greenway begins at Ray's Splash Planet and travels...
NC 2 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel
Kings Mountain Gateway Trail is situated in a beautiful natural park setting offering a picnic shelter, restrooms, drinking fountains, and parking. Much of the park is heavily wooded and the trail is...
NC 4.3 mi Asphalt, Gravel
In the heart of busy Spartanburg, the Liberty Trail provides a beautiful oasis through a garden, along a tree-lined brook that cascades over a series of granite steps into a pool. Although only 0.5...
SC 0.6 mi Concrete
Accordion
The Little Sugar Creek Greenway, part of the Carolina Thread Trail, runs along eastern Charlotte and will one day stretch more than 15 miles down to the Catawba River in neighboring South Carolina....
NC 11.78 mi Asphalt, Concrete
On the southern outskirts of Charlotte, a series of connected greeways along creeks form a horseshoe-shaped path of nearly 6 miles. The pathway is primarily paved with wooden boardwalks over creeks...
NC 5.8 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Gravel
The first phase of this rail trail opened in April 2017 and provides safe and convenient pedestrian access to Lyman’s commercial center. While it is new, it is already fairly well-used. The trail...
SC 0.5 mi Asphalt
The Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail, known locally as the Lincolnton Rail-Trail, offers a chance to explore the heart of this small Southern town, highlighted by a stately courthouse, model Main...
NC 1.5 mi Asphalt
The Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail is just a short segment of what will eventually become the 12-mile Hub City Connector, which itself will be part of the larger Palmetto Trail, a proposed 425-mile...
SC 1.9 mi Asphalt
About 12 miles north of Charlotte, the McDowell Creek Greenway links the communities of Huntersville and Cornelius. The paved, mile-and-a-half route is part of the larger Carolina Thread Trail, a...
NC 1.5 mi Asphalt
The Pacolet Nature Trail is a paved trail in the quiet rural community of Pacolet, located along the banks of the Pacolet River. The trail matches the sleepy nature of the town, providing trail users...
SC 0.9 mi Asphalt
The Peavine Trail runs for 1.5 miles from State Street in downtown Marion, North Carolina to just south of the First Christian Church on Rutherford Road. Construction of the crushed gravel and grass...
NC 1.5 mi Crushed Stone, Grass
The Piedmont Medical Center Trail (formerly the Riverwalk Trail) stretches just over 3 miles through Rock Hill near the border between North and South Carolina. The route is part of the Carolina...
SC 3.4 mi Asphalt
Plum Creek Greenway is a short, paved multiuse trail in Cornelius, North Carolina, that is suitable for walking and biking. It's a pleasant neighborhood path with stands of trees along its length,...
NC 0.6 mi Asphalt
The paved, 3.62-mile Point Lookout Trail follows the Old NC 10/Highway 70 route through the Royal Gorge, once known at the Central Highway, through the Pisgah National Forest. The trail ascends more...
NC 3.63 mi Asphalt
The Purple Martin Greenway provides a beautiful community amenity in Rutherfordton. The quaint western North Carolina town was established in 1787 and has many buildings on the National Register of...
NC 1.9 mi Asphalt
Constructed in 1981 as the city of Spartanburg's first mixed-use trail, the River Birch Trail was in rough shape, with vegetation overgrowing the route and the surface cracked and failing, until the...
SC 0.6 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Notice: As at September 2020, River Park has been closed temporarily for capital improvements. There is no entry or exit from the trail from this access point. Please use the Celriver Access point...
SC 0.9 mi Asphalt
This unique trail runs through the campus of the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind and features interpretive signs in Braille that teach trail-goers about the types of trees along the route. The...
SC 0.75 mi Crushed Stone
Shelby's rail-trail winds through the western edge of the city between West Grover Street and Dixon Boulevard. Following the former right-of-way of Norfolk Southern Railroad, the unpaved pathway...
NC 1.5 mi Dirt
As you might expect, the South Fork Rail-Trail closely follows the South Fork of the Catawba River on the south end of Lincolnton. The trail rests atop a former rail corridor within land preserved by...
NC 2 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
As its name suggests, this multiuse path travels along the South Prong of the Rocky River in Davidson, Mecklenburg County. There are two complete off-street segments, totaling 1.7 miles, that are...
NC 1.7 mi Asphalt
This multi-use path follows the south side of Southport Road, from Cedar Springs Road heading west to South Avenue. It passes the 295 Sports Complex, a DMV office and a water treatment plant before...
SC 3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Statesville’s greenway system is still a collection of unlinked segments, but there are plans in place to build a truly connected non-motorized path network. Today, the discrete sections offer a...
NC 6 mi Asphalt, Gravel
If you enjoy rail-trails that flaunt their railroading past, you're sure to love the Thermal Belt Rail-Trail. The trail begins in Gilkey, and a recent extension takes it over 13 miles southeast to...
NC 13.5 mi Asphalt
The Three Creeks Trail adds about a mile to Spartanburg's growing network of trails, christened the Daniel Morgan Trail System or "The Dan" for short. The 10-ft wide paved trail stretches between...
SC 1.2 mi Asphalt
Torrence Creek Greenway offers a pleasant route through meadows, woodlands, and wetlands south of Huntersville. Along the paved, 1.4-mile route, the trail offers many points to access the surrounding...
NC 1.9 mi Asphalt
The 1-mile Troutman Rail-Trail runs from Troutman's business district to a newer north end shopping area, following the former rail bed of the Statesville to Charlotte Norfolk Southern Line. The...
NC 1 mi Concrete
The Twelve Mile Creek Trail, which runs through Walnut Creek Park and the Walnut Creek neighborhood in Lancaster, is part of the Carolina Thread Trail, a growing trail network of more than 200 miles...
SC 3.2 mi Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Note: USC Upstate Passage is now open from the Rampey Center Trailhead to where it meets the Hub City Passage. The North Loop is still closed while under restoration.  The USC Upstate Passage is...
SC 2.2 mi Dirt
The Wadsworth Trail parallels Willis Road from Harmon Drive to Hawk Creek Drive, with a spur heading south along SR 42-4382/Caldwell Drive. The Willis Road portion is 1.85 miles (one way), while the...
SC 2.8 mi Asphalt
The Waterford Trail is a 1.5-mile segment of the Carolina Thread Trail, a system of trails and greenways in the Carolinas. Beginning by the River Park kayak/canoe launch, the wooded trail meanders...
SC 1.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Dirt
This trail follows alongside the West Branch of the Rocky River in Davidson, NC and is a part of the Carolina Thread trails complex. The greenway offers a refreshing walk or ride into nature, passing...
NC 2.8 mi Asphalt
The Wetland Trail is a .4-mile meander through River Park toward the Catawba River. Beginning by the segment of Quality Circle that starts as Keith Drive, the trail continues as an elevated boardwalk...
SC 0.5 mi Boardwalk
The multi-use Yadkin River Trail accommodates pedestrians, bicyclists and joggers in the beautiful Happy Valley area of Caldwell County. The 2-mile trail is paved and includes a walking loop near the...
NC 2 mi Asphalt, Dirt
In northern South Carolina, only about 30 miles southwest of Charlotte, lies the quaint city of York. A paved bicycle trail runs through the heart of the community from its city park to its recreation...
SC 1 mi Asphalt

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Trails by activity

Highland Rail Trail

NC - 1.6 miles

Highland Rail Trail is named for the neighborhood that it runs adjacent to as it travels through Gastonia along the former Carolina and Northwestern (C&NW) Railway. Although short, it offers an...

Three Creeks Trail (SC)

SC - 1.2 miles

The Three Creeks Trail adds about a mile to Spartanburg's growing network of trails, christened the Daniel Morgan Trail System or "The Dan" for short. The 10-ft wide paved trail stretches between...

Charlotte Rail Trail

NC - 3.5 miles

Take a trip down memory lane by strolling or cycling the Charlotte Rail Trail, which follows a historic trolley route through the heart of the city along a corridor now used by Charlotte's LYNX Blue...

Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways

NC - 2 miles

The Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways cover 2 miles of trail alongside their namesake creeks in Charlotte's city center. The Irwin Creek Greenway begins at Ray's Splash Planet and travels...

Accordion

Croft Passage (Palmetto Trail)

SC - 12.6 miles

Note: Due to the recent flooding, the Advance America Bridge along the Croft Passage has been washed away. The bridge was located between the southern trailhead and mile marker 1 and crossed over...

Lower McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek & Four Mile Creek Greenways

NC - 5.8 miles

On the southern outskirts of Charlotte, a series of connected greeways along creeks form a horseshoe-shaped path of nearly 6 miles. The pathway is primarily paved with wooden boardwalks over creeks...

Point Lookout Trail

NC - 3.63 miles

The paved, 3.62-mile Point Lookout Trail follows the Old NC 10/Highway 70 route through the Royal Gorge, once known at the Central Highway, through the Pisgah National Forest. The trail ascends more...

Antiquity Greenway

NC - 0.6 miles

Antiquity Greenway is a half-mile segment of Cornelius, NC's growing collection of multiuse paths. The paved trail begins on Zion Drive in downtown Cornelius and winds its way northeast towards the...

Piedmont Medical Center Trail

SC - 3.4 miles

The Piedmont Medical Center Trail (formerly the Riverwalk Trail) stretches just over 3 miles through Rock Hill near the border between North and South Carolina. The route is part of the Carolina...

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

NC - 11.78 miles

The Little Sugar Creek Greenway, part of the Carolina Thread Trail, runs along eastern Charlotte and will one day stretch more than 15 miles down to the Catawba River in neighboring South Carolina....

River Birch Trail

SC - 0.6 miles

Constructed in 1981 as the city of Spartanburg's first mixed-use trail, the River Birch Trail was in rough shape, with vegetation overgrowing the route and the surface cracked and failing, until the...

Glendale Shoals Trail

SC - 0.6 miles

Located in the quiet, rural outskirts of Spartanburg, SC, the Glendale Shoals Trail provides a lovely path for visitors to explore some of the natural beauty of the area. The natural-surface trail...

Heritage Trail Greenway

NC - 1.5 miles

The Heritage Trail Greenway is a multiuse path in Newton, North Carolina. The first two phases of the trail are complete, stretching 1.5 miles from West 7th Street, winding through the wooded...

Cottonwood Trail (SC)

SC - 1.25 miles

A natural-surface trail that runs through the gorgeous Edwin M. Griffin Preserve just outside the center of Spartanburg, the Cottonwood Trail offers a lovely path into the wooded landscape surrounding...

Kings Mountain Gateway Trail

NC - 4.3 miles

Kings Mountain Gateway Trail is situated in a beautiful natural park setting offering a picnic shelter, restrooms, drinking fountains, and parking. Much of the park is heavily wooded and the trail is...

York Bicycle Trail

SC - 1 miles

In northern South Carolina, only about 30 miles southwest of Charlotte, lies the quaint city of York. A paved bicycle trail runs through the heart of the community from its city park to its recreation...

West Branch Rocky River Greenway

NC - 2.8 miles

This trail follows alongside the West Branch of the Rocky River in Davidson, NC and is a part of the Carolina Thread trails complex. The greenway offers a refreshing walk or ride into nature, passing...

Catawba River Greenway

NC - 3.8 miles

The Catawba River Greenway meanders, along with its river namesake, through the historic town of Morganton, North Carolina. The trail encompasses wooded areas, open meadows and the quaint commercial...

South Prong Rocky River Greenway

NC - 1.7 miles

As its name suggests, this multiuse path travels along the South Prong of the Rocky River in Davidson, Mecklenburg County. There are two complete off-street segments, totaling 1.7 miles, that are...

Purple Martin Greenway

NC - 1.9 miles

The Purple Martin Greenway provides a beautiful community amenity in Rutherfordton. The quaint western North Carolina town was established in 1787 and has many buildings on the National Register of...

Pacolet Nature Trail

SC - 0.9 miles

The Pacolet Nature Trail is a paved trail in the quiet rural community of Pacolet, located along the banks of the Pacolet River. The trail matches the sleepy nature of the town, providing trail users...

River Trail (SC)

SC - 0.9 miles

Notice: As at September 2020, River Park has been closed temporarily for capital improvements. There is no entry or exit from the trail from this access point. Please use the Celriver Access point...

Bessemer City Park Trail

NC - 1.3 miles

Beginning less than half a mile from downtown, the Bessemer City Park Trail offers a quiet natural retreat. The 1.3-mile route begins at the basketball court in Bessemer City Park and quickly dives...

Briar Creek Greenway

NC - 1.4 miles

Briar Creek Greenway will one day stretch 6 miles through Charlotte and connect to the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Currently, the trail is open in two disconnected segments totaling 1.4 miles. The...

Accordion

Caldwell Station Creek Greenway

NC - 2 miles

Caldwell Station Creek Greenway is 2.6 miles of walking and biking trails through the woods and wetlands of Cornelius. The trail is a local treasure, popular with locals for a workout in nature, as...

Torrence Creek Greenway

NC - 1.9 miles

Torrence Creek Greenway offers a pleasant route through meadows, woodlands, and wetlands south of Huntersville. Along the paved, 1.4-mile route, the trail offers many points to access the surrounding...

South Prong Rocky River Greenway

NC - 1.7 miles

As its name suggests, this multiuse path travels along the South Prong of the Rocky River in Davidson, Mecklenburg County. There are two complete off-street segments, totaling 1.7 miles, that are...

McDowell Creek Greenway

NC - 1.5 miles

About 12 miles north of Charlotte, the McDowell Creek Greenway links the communities of Huntersville and Cornelius. The paved, mile-and-a-half route is part of the larger Carolina Thread Trail, a...

Yadkin River Trail

NC - 2 miles

The multi-use Yadkin River Trail accommodates pedestrians, bicyclists and joggers in the beautiful Happy Valley area of Caldwell County. The 2-mile trail is paved and includes a walking loop near the...

Wetland Trail

SC - 0.5 miles

The Wetland Trail is a .4-mile meander through River Park toward the Catawba River. Beginning by the segment of Quality Circle that starts as Keith Drive, the trail continues as an elevated boardwalk...

Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways

NC - 2 miles

The Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways cover 2 miles of trail alongside their namesake creeks in Charlotte's city center. The Irwin Creek Greenway begins at Ray's Splash Planet and travels...

Croft Passage (Palmetto Trail)

SC - 12.6 miles

Note: Due to the recent flooding, the Advance America Bridge along the Croft Passage has been washed away. The bridge was located between the southern trailhead and mile marker 1 and crossed over...

Southport Road Path

SC - 3 miles

This multi-use path follows the south side of Southport Road, from Cedar Springs Road heading west to South Avenue. It passes the 295 Sports Complex, a DMV office and a water treatment plant before...

South Fork Rail-Trail

NC - 2 miles

As you might expect, the South Fork Rail-Trail closely follows the South Fork of the Catawba River on the south end of Lincolnton. The trail rests atop a former rail corridor within land preserved by...

Antiquity Greenway

NC - 0.6 miles

Antiquity Greenway is a half-mile segment of Cornelius, NC's growing collection of multiuse paths. The paved trail begins on Zion Drive in downtown Cornelius and winds its way northeast towards the...

Charlotte Rail Trail

NC - 3.5 miles

Take a trip down memory lane by strolling or cycling the Charlotte Rail Trail, which follows a historic trolley route through the heart of the city along a corridor now used by Charlotte's LYNX Blue...

Piedmont Medical Center Trail

SC - 3.4 miles

The Piedmont Medical Center Trail (formerly the Riverwalk Trail) stretches just over 3 miles through Rock Hill near the border between North and South Carolina. The route is part of the Carolina...

Glendale Shoals Trail

SC - 0.6 miles

Located in the quiet, rural outskirts of Spartanburg, SC, the Glendale Shoals Trail provides a lovely path for visitors to explore some of the natural beauty of the area. The natural-surface trail...

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

NC - 11.78 miles

The Little Sugar Creek Greenway, part of the Carolina Thread Trail, runs along eastern Charlotte and will one day stretch more than 15 miles down to the Catawba River in neighboring South Carolina....

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

NC - 13.5 miles

If you enjoy rail-trails that flaunt their railroading past, you're sure to love the Thermal Belt Rail-Trail. The trail begins in Gilkey, and a recent extension takes it over 13 miles southeast to...

West Branch Rocky River Greenway

NC - 2.8 miles

This trail follows alongside the West Branch of the Rocky River in Davidson, NC and is a part of the Carolina Thread trails complex. The greenway offers a refreshing walk or ride into nature, passing...

Southport Road Path

SC - 3 miles

This multi-use path follows the south side of Southport Road, from Cedar Springs Road heading west to South Avenue. It passes the 295 Sports Complex, a DMV office and a water treatment plant before...

City of Lenoir Greenway

NC - 7 miles

The City of Lenoir Greenway is a system of several loops and endpoints meandering through an urban landscape of parks and open areas, recreation centers, the library and wooded tracts. For more...

South Fork Rail-Trail

NC - 2 miles

As you might expect, the South Fork Rail-Trail closely follows the South Fork of the Catawba River on the south end of Lincolnton. The trail rests atop a former rail corridor within land preserved by...

Accordion

South Prong Rocky River Greenway

NC - 1.7 miles

As its name suggests, this multiuse path travels along the South Prong of the Rocky River in Davidson, Mecklenburg County. There are two complete off-street segments, totaling 1.7 miles, that are...

USC Upstate Passage (Palmetto Trail)

SC - 2.2 miles

Note: USC Upstate Passage is now open from the Rampey Center Trailhead to where it meets the Hub City Passage. The North Loop is still closed while under restoration.  The USC Upstate Passage is...

McDowell Creek Greenway

NC - 1.5 miles

About 12 miles north of Charlotte, the McDowell Creek Greenway links the communities of Huntersville and Cornelius. The paved, mile-and-a-half route is part of the larger Carolina Thread Trail, a...

Statesville Greenway Trail

NC - 6 miles

Statesville’s greenway system is still a collection of unlinked segments, but there are plans in place to build a truly connected non-motorized path network. Today, the discrete sections offer a...

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

NC - 13.5 miles

If you enjoy rail-trails that flaunt their railroading past, you're sure to love the Thermal Belt Rail-Trail. The trail begins in Gilkey, and a recent extension takes it over 13 miles southeast to...

Butterfly Branch Greenway

SC - 0.5 miles

Part of an expansive revitalization effort that the city of Spartanburg has undertaken to improve the economic and ecological well-being of the Northside neighborhood, the Butterfly Branch Greenway...

Torrence Creek Greenway

NC - 1.9 miles

Torrence Creek Greenway offers a pleasant route through meadows, woodlands, and wetlands south of Huntersville. Along the paved, 1.4-mile route, the trail offers many points to access the surrounding...

Highland Rail Trail

NC - 1.6 miles

Highland Rail Trail is named for the neighborhood that it runs adjacent to as it travels through Gastonia along the former Carolina and Northwestern (C&NW) Railway. Although short, it offers an...

SC School for the Deaf and Blind Braille Trail (Palmetto Trail)

SC - 0.75 miles

This unique trail runs through the campus of the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind and features interpretive signs in Braille that teach trail-goers about the types of trees along the route. The...

Peavine Trail (NC)

NC - 1.5 miles

The Peavine Trail runs for 1.5 miles from State Street in downtown Marion, North Carolina to just south of the First Christian Church on Rutherford Road. Construction of the crushed gravel and grass...

Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail (Palmetto Trail)

SC - 1.9 miles

The Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail is just a short segment of what will eventually become the 12-mile Hub City Connector, which itself will be part of the larger Palmetto Trail, a proposed 425-mile...

Waterford Trail

SC - 1.5 miles

The Waterford Trail is a 1.5-mile segment of the Carolina Thread Trail, a system of trails and greenways in the Carolinas. Beginning by the River Park kayak/canoe launch, the wooded trail meanders...

Lyman Rail Trail

SC - 0.5 miles

The first phase of this rail trail opened in April 2017 and provides safe and convenient pedestrian access to Lyman’s commercial center. While it is new, it is already fairly well-used. The trail...

Cottonwood Trail (SC)

SC - 1.25 miles

A natural-surface trail that runs through the gorgeous Edwin M. Griffin Preserve just outside the center of Spartanburg, the Cottonwood Trail offers a lovely path into the wooded landscape surrounding...

Drayton Mills Trail (Palmetto Trail)

SC - 2 miles

Note: Lower Drayton Mills Trail is currently closed for construction, but Upper Drayton Mills Trail is open.  Meandering around and through the City of Spartanburg's eastside, the Drayton Mills...

Wetland Trail

SC - 0.5 miles

The Wetland Trail is a .4-mile meander through River Park toward the Catawba River. Beginning by the segment of Quality Circle that starts as Keith Drive, the trail continues as an elevated boardwalk...

Recent Trail Reviews

River Birch Trail

Great addition to Spartanburg’s “Dan” trail system

June, 2022 by gwpurinton

The River Birch trail is a welcome addition to the Daniel Morgan trail system. Currently about a mile long from the bridge on Sydnor to the bridge on East Main Street. Will eventually connect to a section currently under construction through Whites Mill neighborhood. This will connect the River Birch trail to Drayton, essentially tripling the amount of trail and greatly increasing pedestrian and bike access.

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

A Fun Ride

May, 2022 by gary.kirkland

Is Spindale a great name for a trailhead town or what? We started there, went south to Forest City, then all the way north to Gilkey, finishing back in Spindale. This gave us the shady north section coming and going in the hottest part of the day. The nicest things about this trail were all the people who were using it, and the variety of people enjoying it. One of the smoothest trails I have ever ridden.

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

Great exercise

May, 2022 by maddoxfour

The very beginning in Gilkey, NC to Ruth, NC and then from Harris parking to Forest City are the bests parts of this 13.5 stretch of trail. The parts in middle are mostly Urban and I did see that the maintainers of the Rails to trail are working diligently trying to clean up some sections along with working with businesses along the trail to make it more appealing. We just need more business to step up and do their part. They have their work cut out for them just pass Spindale, NC to the Harris Street parking in Forest City, NC

Accordion

South Fork Rail-Trail

Scenic, flat trail along river

May, 2022 by gypsyweaver1010

The trail has been extended a little and is now four (4) miles round trip. It’s pretty level so it’s easy to walk, and wide enough for people to pass each other going the opposite direction. It runs along the South Fork River and has a couple of small dams along the way for possible photo opportunities. Definitely relaxing as the trail is mostly surrounded by trees and nature, and there are several benches along the trail if you need to take a break. It is a natural trail, but has some gravel in a few spots to prevent it from washing out. I’ve seen some people riding mountain bikes on it too. I would definitely recommend this trail to get some exercise, walk your dog (best friend), and enjoy nature.

Catawba River Greenway

Beautiful ride ¿¿

May, 2022 by vki11switchv

I’m just getting back into bike riding and this was the first place I rode. Beautifully paved trails with only slight inclines. Definitely recommend checking this place out.

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

Five star trail condition....4 stars scenery.

April, 2022 by gordorad

Great smooth wide trail. 5 big stars for trail condition. This is definitely more of an "urban trail", so those seeking nature will not be very pleased. Although the south end and north end is wooded, most of the trail is along a highway and then through a couple small towns. Very easy pleasant ride, with only a couple "dangerous" road crossings....(a couple of them are a bit blind).

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

Nice combination of urban/rural

February, 2022 by woodencanoe1

Drove up to Spindale, NC from Greenville, SC to ride the Thermal Belt Trail. Well worth the drive! Rode from mile 9 up to mile 0, then back. Nice combination of urban and rural. Especially enjoyed the Bechtler Mint park around mile 2. Will definitely be back, and will ride all of it.

Point Lookout Trail

Trail run

January, 2022 by misch.7

First trail run of my NC citizenship and it was awesome. All paved, beautiful day and beautiful scenery. Will definitely be back. All uphill followed by all downhill. 7.1 round trip.

Caldwell Station Creek Greenway

Their is a wide concrete side walk to and down Bailey Road to the high school. At that point there is a cross walk that connects to the Greenway to Davidson and Antiquity.

November, 2021 by jasonhappe

Their is a wide concrete side walk to and down Bailey Road to the high school. At that point there is a cross walk that connects to the Greenway to Davidson and Antiquity.

Caldwell Station Creek Greenway

Afternoon Ride

November, 2021 by resifenceinc

This is a nice ride through the woods. I rode it mid day on a week day lots of walkers .

Point Lookout Trail

Great ride uphill

October, 2021 by swordinhandnow

Real scenic. Steady rise. Just the right distance to and from.

McDowell Creek Greenway

The new extension from Westmoreland to Magnolia Ridge (By Publix) is a great addition.

October, 2021 by jasonhappe

The new extension from Westmoreland to Magnolia Ridge (By Publix) is a great addition.

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