North Carolina Mountain Biking Trails and Maps

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Length
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Ararat River Greenway

2.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway

7.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Bessemer City Park Trail

1.3 mi
State: NC
Boardwalk, Concrete, Dirt

Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail

2.1 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

City of Lenoir Greenway

7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (NC)

4.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Dunn-Erwin Rail-Trail

5 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone

Eagle Spur Rail-Trail

2.3 mi
State: NC
Dirt

Gold Hill Rail-Trail

2.2 mi
State: NC
Dirt, Gravel

Mine Creek Trail

6.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Nantahala Bikeway

1.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Princeville Heritage Trail

3 mi
State: NC
Dirt, Grass

Railroad Grade Road

10.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

River to the Sea Bikeway

11 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Roanoke Canal Trail

7.8 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Salem Lake Trail

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

Sam's Branch Greenway

1.25 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Shelby Rail-Trail

1.5 mi
State: NC
Dirt

South Fork Rail-Trail

2 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone, Dirt
Accordion

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Winston-Salem Strollway

1.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Yadkin River Trail

2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Dirt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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
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
The Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail provides a 2-mile moderately challenging hike or mountain bike ride in the rural community of Mount Pleasant, about 30 miles northeast of Charlotte. The unpaved trail...
NC 2.1 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Take a trip down memory lane by strolling or cycling the Charlotte Trolley Rail-with-Trail. This 2-mile trail follows the Charlotte Trolley as it tootles its way from E. 9th Street in Uptown to...
NC 3.3 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 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail is a paved, heavily wooded pathway along the eastern border of Dismal Swamp State Park. The park offers more than 112,000 acres of forested wetlands and is teeming with...
NC 4.5 mi Asphalt
The Dunn-Erwin Rail-Trail traverses 5.3 miles of the Aberdeen and Rockfish (previously Durham & Southern Railway) corridor in Harnett County, North Carolina. It connects the downtown areas of Dunn and...
NC 5 mi Crushed Stone
The Eagle Spur Rail-Trail follows 2.2 miles of the former Durham-New Hill Railroad, from Stagecoach Road along New Hope Creek to Jordan Lake. When you're done exploring the Eagle Spur, cross over...
NC 2.3 mi Dirt
A trip along the Gold Hill Rail-Trail through this historic village will transport you back to a time when North Carolina was the country's only gold-producing state. Signs posted every few hundred...
NC 2.2 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Mine Creek Trail consists of five distinct segments: Bent Creek (paved), Inman Connector (unpaved), Ironwood (paved), Lake Park (unpaved), Sawmill (unpaved) and Shelley Lake (paved). The segments...
NC 6.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
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
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 River to the Sea Bikeway (WMPO Bicycle Route 1) is an 11-mile, on- and off-road bicycle route that follows the Historic Beach Car Line, which carried vacationers from downtown Wilmington to...
NC 11 mi Asphalt
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
Sam's Branch Greenway is a short, but scenic trail in the town of Clayton, just south of Raleigh. At the Neuse River, it connects to the Clayton River Walk, which in turn connects to the Neuse River...
NC 1.25 mi Asphalt
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
Accordion
If you enjoy rail-trails that flaunt their railroading past, you're sure to love the Thermal Belt Rail-Trail. This well-maintained route runs 8 miles from Spindale north to Gilkey, passing through the...
NC 8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
As its name suggests, the Winston-Salem Strollway presents the perfect setting for a leisurely walk. Completed in 1988, the popular rail-trail links Winston-Salem's modern business district with...
NC 1.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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

White Oak Creek Greenway

Great trail for a morning walk. It's part of the Cary Greenway and connects to other trails

June, 2018 by coadster4h

Great trail for a morning walk. It's part of the Cary Greenway and connects to other trails

Lower McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek & Four Mile Creek Greenways

tree Lined

June, 2018 by kinjamyhaz

Nice tree lined trail.

Roanoke Canal Trail

Roanoke Canal Trail

June, 2018 by zunisix

Beautiful shady trail with a few sunny sections riding on freshly mowed grass. Nice flora and historical signage. We began at Roanoke Lake day use Park, rode to River Falls Park in Weldon and back. Fairly well maintained, but it could use better signage for getting on the trail at each end.

Accordion

American Tobacco Trail

Excellent trail, nice ride

June, 2018 by kevinkaren

I had an extra day to spend in the Triangle before heading home, and was excited to squeeze in a ride on this trail. I parked at the White Oak trailhead, which has restrooms. The stone trail was among the best I’ve ever seen; extremely wide, smooth, well-packed. Lots of tree cover, gentle hills. They use the old-fashioned access control gates on this trail, which are a bit narrow to ride through even at a slow speed. But road crossings were not too frequent and didn’t slow me down.
Even though it was a Saturday and a lot of people were using the trail, I didn’t feel hampered to ride at a (relatively) fast pace. The mix of families with strollers, walkers, runners, and riders all got along quite well. I rode to the end of the stone section, then back past my car to the paved section and into Durham. There was a bigger hill and one very urban area where the trail narrows and becomes effectively a sidewalk, then opens up a bit and dives back into the trees. I continued to Mile 5 and turned around where it seemed to be getting more urban again.
And despite the trail’s name, not a single smoker in sight the whole way.

Neuse River Trail

Beautiful in every way

June, 2018 by kevinkaren

Raleigh can be proud of this trail. I was on a long driving trip and got here on a very nice spring day. I parked at Anderson Point Park, which has full facilities, a few trees for those lucky enough to find a parking space, and great for people-watching. Joggers, seniors out for a walk, young adults with baby strollers, casual cyclists.
Even with this variety of users the trail was not crowded on a weekday. I was concerned that being in a big city I would see groups of very fast cyclists dominating the trail, but no. Maybe a weekend morning would be different.
The trail south from Anderson Point Park was beautiful. Wide, up and down but the hills were never too steep or too long. Practically no street crossings, even after it became the Clayton Riverwalk. Rode it to the abrupt end in Clayton. On the return, took a side trip down the Walnut Creek Trail until that became more urban. I would have liked more places with restrooms, picnic tables, and shaded places to sit. Besides Anderson Point Park there were trailside benches and some random tables in the sun along the Clayton Riverwalk, and a large city park where I turned around on the Walnut Creek trail.
Next time I will want to see the trail north of Anderson Point Park. If it continues as a riverside trail away from the noise and crowds of the city, it will be another great experience.

South Tar River Greenway

pretty!

June, 2018 by joyfulnes10

Crosses a few busy streets around Greenville but most of it is gorgeous. A little sandy for a road bike though

Mount Airy Greenway Connector

Great paved trail following the river around Mount Airy the real hometown of Andy Griiffin and the basis for Mayberry in his show. Plenty of parking at the trailheads.

May, 2018 by choover89

Great paved trail following the river around Mount Airy the real hometown of Andy Griiffin and the basis for Mayberry in his show. Plenty of parking at the trailheads.

Lower McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek & Four Mile Creek Greenways

Rode after a week of rain. The trail was wet and muddy. Even with that it was enjoyable. A mixture of crushed stone, asphalt and boardwalks. Saw lots of wildlife including 6 deer.

May, 2018 by choover89

Rode after a week of rain. The trail was wet and muddy. Even with that it was enjoyable. A mixture of crushed stone, asphalt and boardwalks. Saw lots of wildlife including 6 deer.

Charlotte Trolley Trail (Charlotte Trolley Rail-with-Trail)

Well marked trail. No hills and nice view of the trolley blue line. Very nice ride.

May, 2018 by choover89

Well marked trail. No hills and nice view of the trolley blue line. Very nice ride.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

Great ride along Sugar Creek. Lots of historical markers explaining construction of the restoration of Sugar Creek through downtown Charlotte.

May, 2018 by choover89

Great ride along Sugar Creek. Lots of historical markers explaining construction of the restoration of Sugar Creek through downtown Charlotte.

River to the Sea Bikeway

Not a trail, dangerous and poorly marked

May, 2018 by pfzimmerman

It's poorly marked and you mostly ride on roads. Some of the roads are quiet but many have heavy traffic with a shoulder to ride on. In a few cases you are expected to cross busy streets at a site with no traffic light and no crosswalk. This is a dangerous trails and IMO shouldn't even be on this site. Don't ride it!

Oklawaha Greenway

Outhouses

May, 2018 by 124rox

I walk the Park 3 days a week with a group of 10-12 people, we carry garbage bags and pick up litter along the way and enjoy it in every season. One big issue is lack of port-o-potties along the route. Walking stimulates, in many ways. It would be so easy to install and maintain port-o-potties at several locations along the Oklawaha Greenway and make it so much more enjoyable. In particular, I would like to request one at the Berkley parking lot, where there is a picnic table, water fountain, etc., and is at our 1/2 way walking distance. Thank You so much!

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