Shelby, NC Running Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
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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

Caldwell Station Creek Greenway

2.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Catawba River Greenway

3.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

City of Lenoir Greenway

7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Duncan Park Trail

1 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Concrete

Heritage Trail Greenway

1.5 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

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

1.7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

McDowell Creek Greenway

1.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Piedmont Medical Center Trail

3.35 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Point Lookout Trail

3.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Purple Martin Greenway

3.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

River Birch Trail

1.1 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Gravel

Shelby Rail-Trail

1.5 mi
State: NC
Dirt

South Fork Rail-Trail

2 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone, Dirt
Accordion

Statesville Greenway Trail

6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Gravel

Thermal Belt Rail Trail

13.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Torrence Creek Greenway

1.9 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Baxter Village Trail

3.3 mi
State: SC
Dirt, Grass, Sand

Briar Creek Greenway

1.4 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Charlotte Rail Trail

3.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Brick, Concrete

Cleveland Park Trails

1.5 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Concrete

Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways

2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

McAlpine Creek Greenway

4.4 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Peavine Trail (NC)

1.5 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone, Grass

Twelve Mile Creek Trail

6 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Highland Rail Trail

1.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Troutman Rail-Trail

1 mi
State: NC
Concrete

Wadsworth Trail

2.8 mi
State: SC
Asphalt

Waterford Trail

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

Southport Road Path

3 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Concrete

York Bicycle Trail

1 mi
State: SC
Asphalt

Bailey Road Multi-Use Path

2.33 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Bessemer City Park Trail

1.3 mi
State: NC
Boardwalk, Concrete, Dirt

Butterfly Branch Greenway

0.5 mi
State: SC
Concrete

Campbell Creek Greenway

1.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

City Walk

2.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Clark's Creek Greenway

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

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

Emerald Necklace

13 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Four Mile Creek Greenway (Town of Matthews)

2.3 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Glendale Shoals Trail

0.6 mi
State: SC
Dirt

Liberty Trail (Palmetto Trail)

0.6 mi
State: SC
Concrete

Mallard Creek Greenway

4.66 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Gravel

Pacolet Nature Trail

0.9 mi
State: SC
Asphalt

Plum Creek Greenway

0.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

South Prong Rocky River Greenway

2.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Three Creeks Trail (SC)

1.2 mi
State: SC
Asphalt

Toby Creek Greenway

2.7 mi
State: NC
Boardwalk, Concrete

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
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
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 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 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
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
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
On the southern outskirts of Charlotte, a series of connected greenways 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 1.7 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 and is included in the Emerald Necklace trail loop. The paved, 1.6-mile route is also...
NC 1.6 mi Asphalt
Following the Catawba River, the Piedmont Medical Center Trail (formerly the Riverwalk) stretches 3.35 miles through Rock Hill near the border between North and South Carolina. The route is part of...
SC 3.35 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The paved, 3.6-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 3.6 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
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 1.1 mi Asphalt, Gravel
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
Accordion
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
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 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
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
Enjoy the Charlotte Rail Trail as it journeys through the heart of Charlotte along the city's LYNX Blue Line light rail system. As the trail traverses the city streets from Uptown, it passes the...
NC 3.5 mi Asphalt, Brick, Concrete
Explore Cleveland Park via its paved trails that wind through the trees and fields, connecting the park's facilities and amenities.  The park includes the John B. Cleveland Event Center, picnic...
SC 1.5 mi Asphalt, 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 McAlpine Creek Greenway is a picturesque 4.4-mile trail that runs through a lush green corridor in south Charlotte. Following the McAlpine Creek through woods and wetlands, this multiuse...
NC 4.4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
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 Twelve Mile Creek Trail, which runs northeast from Walnut Creek Park over the South Carolina/North Carolina state line to Waxhaw, is part of the Carolina Thread Trail—a growing trail network of...
SC 6 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
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
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
Southport Road Path follows the south side of Southport Road from Cedar Springs Road to South Avenue. Heading west from Cedar Springs Road, the multi-use path passes the 295 Sports Complex, a DMV...
SC 3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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
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
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
The Campbell Creek Greenway is a 1.8-mile paved trail that runs through Mecklenburg County in the greater Charlotte metropolitan area. The greenway is surrounded by beautiful natural areas, including...
NC 1.8 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
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
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 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
Following its namesake waterway, the Four Mile Creek Greenway connects downtown Matthews, Squirrel Lake Park, and the surrounding neighborhoods in the Town of Matthews. A joint project between the...
NC 2.3 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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

Recent Trail Reviews

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.

Thermal Belt Rail Trail

great ride

March, 2024 by dongrant18

Wide, long ascents and descents and varied scenery. We wisded that we had stopped at Fly Boy Pizza and Fly Girl Brewing at Mile 3.5. Super friendly bike store called Grumpy’s around mile 6 across the street from the trail.

Thermal Belt Rail Trail

Nice paved trail

March, 2024 by nharman84

You can do just about anything on this trail and it’s a nice length. Love this trail for walking and biking.

Accordion

Shelby Rail-Trail

Nice trail love the bridge.

March, 2024 by nharman84

My only complaint is the bridge has been locked for months with what seems like no real reason at this point.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

extension

March, 2024 by m.september1971

The new extension on the south end of Charlotte is very enjoyable to ride

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

trail information not current.

March, 2024 by raven3

Going south, the map stops at Rt 485, however the trail does continues south into Pineville and beyond. There are areas further north that utilize city streets in upscale neighborhoods due to construction as part of hospital construction project. The trail is terrific just need to update the map.

Lyman Rail Trail

A pleasant walk

March, 2024 by shcase1964

This Lyman rail trail is a pleasant walk by the remains of an old mill and through an old mill neighborhood. I was happy to see today that the trail had been extended. Thank you!

Thermal Belt Rail Trail

Great Paved Rail Trail

February, 2024 by dy9b5wdhhp

I was visiting my parents at a nearby city and saw this trail listed. I hopped on it on the southern end in Forest City at mile 13.6 and road to the trailhead in Gilkey and back. It was a fantastic ride and nice to see that it is completely paved and lots of places to stop and admire. I plan on coming backs after spring to enjoy the trail in full bloom!

Waterford Trail

Needs some work

February, 2024 by kfeather72

Needs some work

River Birch Trail

Best paved trail

October, 2023 by renustuff

Nice shaded trail, good for dogs, bikers, spotting birds and deer, and walking along the creek.

Duncan Park Trail

Duncan Park trail

October, 2023 by renustuff

Nice wooded trail.

Thermal Belt Rail Trail

Thermal Belt Rail Trail

October, 2023 by hcrawford1037_tl

There are some older reviews on here that are no longer accurate. The trail is paved from end to end. It is also well maintained as witnessed by me following guys pulling a leaf blower behind their parks Dept ATV.

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