Corolla Greenway

North Carolina

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Corolla Greenway Facts

States: North Carolina
Counties: Currituck
Length: 9 miles
Trail end points: North Beach Access Road and Ocean Trail/ NC Highway 12
Trail surfaces: Boardwalk, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9052301

Corolla Greenway Description

Corolla Greenway offers beautiful views of Currituck Sound and maritime forest along North Carolina's popular Outer Banks. The paved north-south pathway, which largely parallels N.C. Highway 12 (also known as Ocean Trail), offers access to the beach, boardwalks over wetlands, residential neighborhoods, and shopping and dining areas, like Monterey Shopping Plaza.

A highlight of the route is passage through Currituck Heritage Park, where travelers will find the 162-foot Currituck Beach Lighthouse, the circa-1920s Whalehead Club with its art nouveau architecture, and the Outer Banks Wildlife Education Center.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking and restrooms are available at Currituck Heritage Park  (1160 Village Lane, Corolla).

Corolla Greenway Reviews

Map needs correction

803 Ocean Trail, Corolla NC is the address attached to the southern end of the map. The greenway actually runs south from Timbuck II shopping plaza and is parallel to the main road on the east side. There is another paved path to the north that starts near the bank parking lot and runs parallel to the main road on the west side.

Don't be fooled by the name

This is essentially a 6-mile sidewalk ride along Route 12. There are no signs that say Corolla Greenway. You're not going to see the Sound or the Lighthouse or the Inn unless you take a little bit detour off the route (in other words you're not biking right by them). We asked three people who live/work in Corolla, including at the park by the Lighthouse and none knew what or where the Corolla Greenway was. Also, don't be fooled by the map where it tells you that you can park on the North Beach Access Road at the North End of the trail - you must have a 4-wheel drive vehicle and drive on the beach (preferably with slightly deflated tires) to get to that parking. This is a nice little bike ride if you're staying nearby, but it's not worth driving any distance for.

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