Hickory, NC Walking Trails and Maps

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Length
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Antiquity Greenway

0.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Avon and Catawba Creeks Greenway

1.9 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Bakers Creek Greenway

1.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Boone Greenway Trail

4.75 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Caldwell Station Creek Greenway

2.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Catawba River Greenway

3.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

City Walk

2.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

City of Lenoir Greenway

7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Elkin & Alleghany Rail-Trail

1.5 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone

Heritage Trail Greenway

1.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Irish Buffalo Creek Greenway

2.7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Kings Mountain Gateway Trail

4.3 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Gravel

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

19.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail

1.7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

McDowell Creek Greenway

1.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Purple Martin Greenway

3.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Shelby Rail-Trail

1.5 mi
State: NC
Dirt

South Fork Rail-Trail

2 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Statesville Greenway Trail

6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Gravel

Thermal Belt Rail Trail

13.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt
Accordion

Torrence Creek Greenway

1.9 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Yadkin River Greenway

8.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

8th Street Greenway

0.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Briar Creek Greenway

1.4 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Charlotte Rail Trail

3.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Brick, Concrete

Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways

2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

Peavine Trail

1.5 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone, Grass

Railroad Grade Road

10.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

South Fork New River Greenway

1.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Highland Rail Trail

1.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Troutman Rail-Trail

1 mi
State: NC
Concrete

Bailey Road Multi-Use Path

2.33 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Bessemer City Park Trail

1.3 mi
State: NC
Boardwalk, Concrete, Dirt

Clark's Creek Greenway

2.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Emerald Necklace

13 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Mallard Creek Greenway

4.66 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Gravel

Plum Creek Greenway

0.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Salisbury Greenway

4.05 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

South Prong Rocky River Greenway

2.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Toby Creek Greenway

2.7 mi
State: NC
Boardwalk, Concrete

West Branch Rocky River Greenway

2.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Yadkin River Trail

2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Dirt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Antiquity Greenway is a half-mile segment of the Town of Cornelius' growing collection of multiuse paths and is part of the trail loop called the Emerald Necklace. The paved trail begins on Zion...
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 paved, scenic Bakers Creek Greenway follows its eponymous creek, connecting two parks in central North Carolina's Kannapolis. The trail is part of the Carolina Thread Trail, a network of pathways...
NC 1.5 mi Asphalt
Overview Following and crossing the winding route of the South Fork of the New River in the Blue Ridge Mountains community of Boone, the Boone Greenway Trail features a mix of open meadows and...
NC 4.75 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
Caldwell Station Creek Greenway is 2.6 miles of paved, smooth multiuse trail through the woods and wetlands of Cornelius. The trail is a local treasure, popular with locals for a workout in nature, as...
NC 2.6 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
The City Walk is part of the Hickory Trail network and provides an important off-road route through downtown Hickory. From its eastern end on 8th Street by Lenoir-Rhyne University, the trail heads...
NC 2.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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
The Elkin & Alleghany Rail-Trail is part of an effort to connect the rural town of Elkin with the nearby Stone Mountain State Park, utilizing the long-abandoned route of the historic Elkin & Alleghany...
NC 1.5 mi Crushed Stone
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
Running alongside the Irish Buffalo Creek north into the City of Kannapolis from the border with the City of Concord, this trail provides an enjoyable route for both recreation and commuting.  The...
NC 2.7 mi Asphalt
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
Overview The Little Sugar Creek Greenway runs through eastern Charlotte and stretches for more than 19 miles down to the Catawba River in neighboring South Carolina. The trail is a beautiful urban...
NC 19.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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 1.7 mi Asphalt
About 12 miles north of Charlotte, the McDowell Creek Greenway links the communities of Huntersville and Cornelius and is included in the Emerald Necklace trail loop. The paved, 1.6-mile route is also...
NC 1.6 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 3.2 mi Asphalt
Closure Notice: The suspension bridge over First Broad River is temporarily closed due to flooding. Please check with local news authorities before heading out on the trail. Shelby's rail-trail...
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
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
Overview The Thermal Belt Rail Trail lies at the heart of communities in Rutherford and Polk County. The name of the trail comes from the surrounding Isothermal Belt region which results in mild...
NC 13.6 mi Asphalt
Accordion
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
Currently made up of seven sections, the Yadkin River Greenway offers 8.2-miles of trails covering approximately 10 miles from theW.Kerr-Scott Dam through Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro, and ending...
NC 8.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The half-mile 8th Street Greenway begins at North Loop Road and follows a tree-lined northwesterly route to Bakers Creek Park, where it connects to a trail of the same name which is part of a regional...
NC 0.5 mi Asphalt
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
Overview Once no more than a humble maintenance path along a trolley line, the Charlotte Rail Trail now offers a vibrant pathway extending 3.5 miles from Charlotte’s Center City to the South End....
NC 3.5 mi Asphalt, Brick, Concrete
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
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
Overview The Railroad Grade Road is a 10.8-mile road built on an old railroad grade that was once part of the Virginia-Carolina Railroad (Virginia Creeper). This part of the Virginia Creeper line...
NC 10.8 mi Asphalt
The South Fork New River Greenway offers a winding, paved pathway through the town of Boone, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Brookshire Park is at the northern end of the trail...
NC 1.8 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 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 Bailey Road Multi-Use Path links Caldwell Station Greenway with the Plum Creek Greenway, which connects to the South Prong Rocky River Greenway. A portion of this multiuse pathway—from where...
NC 2.33 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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
Clark's Creek Greenway is a beautiful trail located in the city of Charlotte. It spans a total distance of 2.5 miles and is a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts, families, and locals out with their...
NC 2.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Emerald Necklace is a developing 13-mile trail loop of greenways and multiuse paths in the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville. The route makes use of portions of the Caldwell Station...
NC 13 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Mallard Creek Greenway is a scenic multiuse trail located in Mecklenburg County and winds its way through lush woodlands, alongside picturesque creeks, and through peaceful residential...
NC 4.66 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Part of the Emerald Necklace trail loop, the 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...
NC 0.6 mi Asphalt
The Salisbury Greenway is a developing trail network in the City of Salisbury that connects residential areas, local businesses, schools, restaurants, recreational spaces, parks, open fields, and...
NC 4.05 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
As its name suggests, this multiuse path travels along the South Prong of the Rocky River in Davidson, Mecklenburg County. The South Prong Rocky River Greenway is included in the trail loop called...
NC 2.2 mi Asphalt
Running between Mallard Creek Greenway and Rocky River Road, the Toby Creek Greenway provides an important connection with the University of North Carolina's Charlotte campus.  The paved, multiuse...
NC 2.7 mi Boardwalk, Concrete
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 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

Recent Trail Reviews

Thermal Belt Rail Trail

Fantastic Trail

June, 2024 by fkelly17

Rode this trail on June 7th, 2024 and it was an awesome ride. We started at the northern trailhead and rode 10 miles south and back. Super wide and very smooth asphalt the whole way. There were some downed trees from a Thunderstorm the night before blocking part of the trail on the way out but the cleanup crew had reopened it on our way back. So, very well maintained trail. Highly recommend.

Boone Greenway Trail

FYI Watauga HS head entrance to the Greenway will be closed from mid June to September 2024

June, 2024 by rkellyshopping

Repairs are being made to the creek and collapsing asphalt. So the Greenway doesn’t go all the way through.

Thermal Belt Rail Trail

Fantastic Trail

June, 2024 by fkelly17

Rode this trail on June 7th, 2024 and it was an awesome ride. We started at the northern trailhead and rode 10 miles south and back. Super wide and very smooth asphalt the whole way. There were some downed trees from a Thunderstorm the night before blocking part of the trail on the way out but the cleanup crew had reopened it on our way back. So, very well maintained trail. Highly recommend.

Accordion

Thermal Belt Rail Trail

Fantastic Trail

June, 2024 by fkelly17

Rode this trail on June 7th, 2024 and it was an awesome ride. We started at the northern trailhead and rode 10 miles south and back. Super wide and very smooth asphalt the whole way. There were some downed trees from a Thunderstorm the night before blocking part of the trail on the way out but the cleanup crew had reopened it on our way back. So, very well maintained trail. Highly recommend.

Thermal Belt Rail Trail

Fantastic Trail

June, 2024 by fkelly17

Rode this trail on June 7th, 2024 and it was an awesome ride. We started at the northern trailhead and rode 10 miles south and back. Super wide and very smooth asphalt the whole way. There were some downed trees from a Thunderstorm the night before blocking part of the trail on the way out but the cleanup crew had reopened it on our way back. So, very well maintained trail. Highly recommend.

Thermal Belt Rail Trail

Fantastic Trail

June, 2024 by fkelly17

Rode this trail on June 7th, 2024 and it was an awesome ride. We started at the northern trailhead and rode 10 miles south and back. Super wide and very smooth asphalt the whole way. There were some downed trees from a Thunderstorm the night before blocking part of the trail on the way out but the cleanup crew had reopened it on our way back. So, very well maintained trail. Highly recommend.

Thermal Belt Rail Trail

wonderful paved trail

May, 2024 by janek218

Started this trail at the Forest Hunt Elementary school parking area. Rode the “almost 30 “ miles of this trail. It was amazing. It’s flat and wide. The trails travels thru woods and tiny quaint towns. There are places to stop and grab a bite to eat. We had pizza and fried pickles at FLY BOY. It was not crowded on this Friday afternoon. Saw lots of squirrels. Highly recommend this trail. We had e bikes but it would be very easy to have a pedal bike due to flatness and no hills. The bike path very well maintained.

Kings Mountain Gateway Trail

nice trail

May, 2024 by mkgates22

Ride my e-bike on Foote trail. It was small gravel. Good quick ride. Walked my bike on asphalt trail because of lots of walkers but it wasn’t a long walk. Will go back not far from my house.

Thermal Belt Rail Trail

Great Trail!

May, 2024 by hancock.sandy

Really enjoyed this trail, a great ride for a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

City Walk

Really cool ride through downtown Hickory. You can ride from 1 bike shop to another but you have to cross a busy road to do it.

May, 2024 by bilpedigo

Really cool ride through downtown Hickory. You can ride from 1 bike shop to another but you have to cross a busy road to do it.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

Great Trail!

May, 2024 by evada

Except for a little roll on the southern most end, the southern 10 miles are flat, wide and smooth with several rest stops and no, repeat *no* street crossings. A very good trail.

Thermal Belt Rail Trail

Thanks for such a nice way to see NC

April, 2024 by vc2019

Enjoyed the entire trail on Aprils Fool Day. It is a nice wide trail from beginning to end. There are some road crossings but all are well marked. We saw walkers and cyclist on this overcast spring day. Impressive maps at the parking lots.

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