North Carolina Fishing Trails and Maps

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Length
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Abbotts Creek Trail

3.3 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Ararat River Greenway

2.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway

7.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Boone Greenway

4 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Gravel

Cape Fear River Trail

5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Catawba River Greenway

3.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Clayton River Walk

4 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Emerald Path

11 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

French Broad River Greenway

3.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Little Tennessee River Greenway (Franklin)

5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Gravel

Louisburg Bike Trail

2.24 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail

1.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Nantahala Bikeway

1.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Neuse River Trail

29.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Princeville Heritage Trail

3 mi
State: NC
Dirt, Grass

Railroad Grade Road

10.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Reservoir Park Greenway

2.1 mi
State: NC
Concrete, Gravel, Sand

Roanoke Canal Trail

7.8 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Salem Lake Trail

7 mi
State: NC
Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
Accordion

Simms Branch Trail

1.66 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

South Tar River Greenway

3.1 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Walnut Creek Trail

18.1 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Yadkin River Trail

2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Dirt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Abbotts Creek Trail courses along a tree-lined route beside open fields and subdivisions in a suburban community near Wake Forest, North Carolina. The trail follows Abbotts Creek and passes by North...
NC 3.3 mi Asphalt
The Ararat River Greenway is a pleasant, hard surface trail in Mt. Airy, NC. The trail gets its name from the Ararat River, and was part of an initiative to restore the waterway with the twin goals of...
NC 2.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Stretching from north of Lake Brandt south to Greensboro Country Park and beyond, the newly named Yadkin & Atlantic Greenway is really a combination of three greenway segments, now made into one: the...
NC 7.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Boone Greenway is a hidden gem in the town of Boone, and each step traveled takes to across different settings, with nature, history and culture all on display. The trail traverses the town, winding,...
NC 4 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Buffalo Creek Greenway (also known as the Neuse Riverwalk) meanders along a wooded waterway through the heart of Smithfield in central North Carolina. It is one day hoped to become part of the...
NC 2.9 mi Asphalt
The 5-mile-long Cape Fear River Trail winds through a mix of woodlands and marshes on Fayetteville’s north side, offering stunning views of the Cape Fear River. The trail is relatively flat but with...
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
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NC 4 mi Asphalt
The Emerald Path is an 11-mile multiuse pathway stretching from the Indian Beach town limits all the way to The Point at Bogue Inlet at the western end of Emerald Isle. The path follows County Road...
NC 11 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
The Little Tennessee River Greenway follows the Little Tennessee River and a tributary, Cartoogechaye Creek. There are plans to extend the greenway from Suli Marsh, at Arthur Drake Road to Lake Emory,...
NC 5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The 2.2-mile, paved Louisburg Bike Trail runs from S. Main Street to Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC). At the Main St. end, you'll find the trail at Depot Street Hill, just south of the Tar...
NC 2.24 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 1.2-mile Nantahala Bikeway extends from National Forest Rd./Winding Stairs Rd. to the Nantahala Gorge raft launch site in the Nantahala National Forest. A half-mile of the trail follows an...
NC 1.2 mi Asphalt
Closure Notice: As of October 3rd 2022, the entire trail is closed due to flooding from Hurricane Ian. Check the City of Raleigh's alert page for the most up-to-date information.  Along the eastern...
NC 29.8 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
In 1865, at the end of the Civil War, freed slaves were drawn to an encampment of Union troops along the Tar River in eastern North Carolina. When the troops left, the settlers stayed, calling the...
NC 3 mi Dirt, Grass
The Railroad Grade Road is a 10-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 was abandoned...
NC 10.8 mi Asphalt
The Reservoir Park Greenway is part of a larger system of greenways in the community of Southern Pines in Moore County, North Carolina. The trail loops around the Southern Pines Reservoir (95...
NC 2.1 mi Concrete, Gravel, Sand
The Roanoke Canal Trail is a beautiful recreational biking route from the town of Roanoke Rapids to Weldon. The trail follows one of the country's most impressive and best-preserved early 19-century...
NC 7.8 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Salem Lake Trail runs nearly 7 miles, circling Salem Lake at the park of the same name in the city of Winston-Salem. Near downtown, the park offers a 365-acre lake and the trail provides scenic...
NC 7 mi Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
Accordion
The Simms Branch Trail boasts several areas of large loblolly pine and connects Falls River to Durant Park. Watch for wildlife, including plenty of deer and maybe some beaver. You'll find a small...
NC 1.66 mi Asphalt
South Tar River Greenway offers a pleasant, wooded route of just over 3 miles in the eastern North Carolina city of Greenville. The paved trail follows the southern bank of the Tar River with few road...
NC 3.1 mi Asphalt
Closure Notice: As of October 3rd 2022, the entire trail is closed due to flooding from Hurricane Ian. Check the City of Raleigh's alert page for the most up-to-date information.  The trail is...
NC 18.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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

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Recent Trail Reviews

Catawba River Greenway

nice riverside ride.

January, 2023 by pjmzjg9wyd

Nice paved trail that meanders alongside the river. Only slight grades up or down-otherwise near flat. On this Saturday there were more walkers, joggers and dog walkers than bikes. Not crowded but you would see people every few minutes along the ride. Will return.

Black Creek Greenway

Detours and upgrades

January, 2023 by jchris850

Town of Cary is relocating this greenway north of Dynasty Drive to eliminate a streetside stretch. When I walked it in December, there was a longer streetside detour following Dynasty in the opposite direction, then returning via Cary Parkway to the trailhead on that street. There is also ongoing sewer reconstruction that may require streetside detours between Dynasty and Lake Crabtree.

Peavine Trail (NC)

Nice Trail

January, 2023 by sewupscalequilts

I liked this trail. It is flat, smooth and a good length. There was no trash. Liked the wooded area. It does go by some houses but not real close. There are several road crossings but most of them were not busy streets. My husband and I were the only people on the trail but it was a chilly weekday.

Accordion

Kings Mountain Gateway Trail

Nice Trail

January, 2023 by sewupscalequilts

I thought this was a nice trail. It was clean and there were quite a few people on the trail. I enjoyed the walk. There are bathrooms although we did not use them. There were some hills.

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

Top trail I've found for road bikes anywhere in the Carolinas

January, 2023 by m.p.schneider.lc

Well paved and marked, decent length, not too many road crossings, and none over major roads, a decent portion more with natural surroundings like trees, and nothing really against it

I moved from Northern Virginia near the W&OD trail that recently won top trial in the nation for cycling so it's been tough to adapt. Although this trail maxes out at a 27-mile rile (unlike being able to do over a metric century on the W&OD) and being an hour drive to get from just west of Charlotte, it is an almost perfect rail trail for road bikes.

Shelby Rail-Trail

Lots of bridges

January, 2023 by tuckeybailbonding

Suspension bridge is a unique feature— easy, mostly flat trail, by the water, unpaved. Lots of bridges. Cool rock formations in the water, and small dam-like water fall.

Creekside Park Trails

This is one of my favorite spots to walk, play pickleball and baseball and have a picnic. Such a wonderful and beautiful park.

January, 2023 by heidiwarner

This is one of my favorite spots to walk, play pickleball and baseball and have a picnic. Such a wonderful and beautiful park.

Ellerbee Creek Trail

Easy Running

December, 2022 by cqqkqjdppv

Easy, flat trail for enjoyable run or endurance training. Start at Rock Quarry Park on Stadium Drive and run to Trinity Avenue and back for a solid 5 miles. Enjoy.

American Tobacco Trail

love this trail

December, 2022 by jk5g8g7vj6

Nice distance and great surface. Located in the middle of everything. You can ride and enjoy the city all in one day.

Cape Fear River Trail

Good ride

December, 2022 by jk5g8g7vj6

If you put go out and back you can get a good workout with the hills on the north end.

Dunn-Erwin Rail-Trail

nice ride

December, 2022 by jk5g8g7vj6

Flat and easy ride with only a couple road crossings. A go to trail when I just want to petal.

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.

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