Asheville, NC Running Trails and Maps

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Length
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Brevard Bike Path

5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Catawba River Greenway

3.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Doodle Rail Trail

8.4 mi
State: SC
Asphalt

Erwin Linear Trail

4 mi
State: TN
Asphalt

French Broad River Greenway

3.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Glenn's Creek Greenway

1 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail

19.5 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Oconaluftee River Trail

1.5 mi
State: NC
Dirt

Oklawaha Greenway

3.25 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Peavine Trail (NC)

1.5 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone, Grass

Point Lookout Trail

3.63 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Purple Martin Greenway

1.9 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

13.58 mi
State: NC
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Brevard Bike Path is a relatively flat trail, nearly 5 miles long. About 1 mile (northwest end) follows the old Carr Lumber Company railway corridor and extends into the Pisgah National Forest up...
NC 5 mi Asphalt
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
The Doodle Rail Trail connects the towns of Easley and Pickens in the northwestern corner of South Carolina. The paved trail follows the former Doodle Line railroad for just over 8 miles and includes...
SC 8.4 mi Asphalt
The Erwin Linear Trail (a.k.a. the Erwin Greenway) parallels I-26 along North Indian Creek and Nolichucky waterways for 4 miles. The trail is paved and mostly flat, coursing through the Cherokee...
TN 4 mi Asphalt
The French Broad River Greenway links three of Asheville's parks: Hominy Creek River Park, Carrier Park, and French Broad River Park. The trail follows the river, coursing through a wooded strip of...
NC 3.5 mi Asphalt
Glens Creek Greenway is a one-mile shared use trail in Asheville, North Carolina. It stretches between Weaver Park and Broadway St. Although short, the trail connects to destinations including Weaver...
NC 1 mi Asphalt
The nearly 20-mile Greenville Health System (GHS) Swamp Rabbit Trail links the cities of Travelers Rest and Greenville in upstate South Carolina via a former railroad corridor. The Greenville Health...
SC 19.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Oconaluftee River Trail is a popular 3 mile out-and-back trail along the banks of the river of the same name. The popular gravel trail is one of two in the Smokey Mountains National Park that...
NC 1.5 mi Dirt
For lovers of outdoors, the Oklawaha Greenway presents a natural escape in an otherwise suburban setting.  The greenway trails Mud Creek for a big part of its length, beginning its northwesterly...
NC 3.25 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 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
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 13.58 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

many crossings

November, 2020 by tandembiker2013

The trail is paved and well maintained. My favorite is the northern part which is about 5 miles after that you have to deal with crossings and traffic lights. An elderly couple got an accident and the husband busted his head. Blood all over the road. We have to help the wife to go back to her car and lift her ebike. It needs a lot of concentration and need your attention coz there are few sections that are not smooth.

Doodle Rail Trail

The Doodle Trail

November, 2020 by joeruminski

My wife and I decided to try a new to us trail that we could get to and back in a day from Asheville. The Doodle ended up our destination. We had a great ride. Met friendly people, nice trail had a great lunch in Easley and a good ride back to Pickens. We ride a tandem recumbent bike and had no problems with the hills. We will go back.

Oconaluftee River Trail

Nice little trail!

November, 2020 by leoleiyu

This is a nice little easy trail for everyone!

Accordion

Oklawaha Greenway

muddy and wet

November, 2020 by tbuckner

I give this trail three stars only because I think it would be a nice trail if the weather has been dry for a while. We rode the trail a couple days after a storm, and the trail was a mess: covered in many places with huge areas of mud, river sand, and even running water. Our bikes and our clothing were a mess after we rode. We were unable to go all the way to Jackson Park because of a huge flooded area.
The trail is in a low-lying area, through a swamp. So, again, it would probably be nice during a dry time, but avoid this trail if there has been any rain in the past few days.

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

trail extremely well maintained

November, 2020 by bettiwilkinson

The trail was very well maintained with tool kiosks along the way. We did Forest City- spindale and return. I give the trail a 10. The scenery a 2. Mostly views of gas stations, fast food and ugly buildings.

Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail

Portions Closed

October, 2020 by csgreene2005

Trail is nice and would have enjoyed more except portions of the trail are closed for maintenance. We parked at Travelers Rest with intention of riding to Greenville. Being new to riding though, lesson learned. Rating would be higher, but trail is in need of repair.

Doodle Rail Trail

pick this one

October, 2020 by dudleyd

Have to give the Doodle a 5 due to its varied terrain and smooth surface. Compared to the Swamp Rabbit we rode the day before this was a breath of fresh air. Plenty of amenities at the terminals. Riders and runners were super friendly. Don’t miss this one. May not be as long but I’d say ride it twice or three times if it miles you want but broken pavement you’re looking to miss.

Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail

swamp rabbit confusion

October, 2020 by dudleyd

Very bumpy, poor maint on travelers rest to berea section. Detours not marked at all. Downtown section signage is non existent and white arrows only add to confusion. Some pamphlets with maps would be a great help...if you’re going to brag on this trail, make it rideable end to end. Also food along the trail is crazy expensive....ham and cheese $11, really..

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

Excellent Ride - Stop for lunch at Granny B’s!

October, 2020 by m6wphu48is

We rode on a Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed the entire R/T ride starting from Gilkey. Granny B’s in Spindale made a great stop for killer sub sandwiches and baked goodies. Lots of restrooms and water on the entire route. Highly recommend for families too.

Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail

Nice Trail

October, 2020 by longellob

We really enjoy the Swamp Rabbit. The path is showing signs of wear with cracks and bumps where tree roots are growing. It is in the process of being redone. We've ridden both weekend and weekday and much prefer weekday riding. The path can get pretty crowded and not everyone obeys the rules of the road. Over all, it's a great ride with great places to stop and shop or eat.

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

Nice & Easy

October, 2020 by dmisner_tl

My wife & I rode the from the south starting point at Forest Hunt Elementary School to Gilkey & back. Beautiful 27 mile round trip ride. Smooth, paved & wide enough for us to ride mostly side by side. Highly recommend.

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

A Fantastic Trail

October, 2020 by theblueporchtownhome

We rode this trail in early October on our way to Savannah, and it did not disappoint us. It was a great ride all the way around. The scenery was beautiful and the trail was very well maintained. I wish we lived closer to it.

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