Deep River Rail Trail

North Carolina

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Deep River Rail Trail Facts

States: North Carolina
Counties: Randolph
Length: 1.25 miles
Trail end points: Rising Sun Way and heading south to Sandy Creek
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017298
Trail activities: Bike, Walking

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Deep River Rail Trail Description

Just a short section of the Deep River Rail-Trail is complete through Franklinville as of early 2011. Highlights of the Deep River Rail-Trail include an old fish weir built by early Native Americans.

There are plans to extend the trail in the nearby town of Ramseur, which would include a 3.5-mile segment heading east, and to extend the rail-trail from Franklinville west to Cedar Falls. Trail advocates see the trail eventually stretching from Jamestown through Ramseur, then south to House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site and east to Harris Lake.

In 2011 Franklinville is applying for a Recreational Trails Program grant (from NC) for improvements on a westward easement that would extend the trail as far as Riverside Park and double the length of the trail to 1.55 miles.

The Deep River Rail-Trail follows the abandoned rail bed of the Atlantic and Yadkin Railroad, which began operations in 1897 and shut down in 1980.

Parking and Trail Access

From Asheboro drive about 7.7 miles east on US 64/SR 49 to t Andrew Hunter Road/SR 2235; turn left and go 1.8 miles. Take a slight right onto West Main St./NC 22 and go about 0.75 mile. Turn right on to Rising Sun Way (look for the trail sign) and drive a short distance to the trailhead parking lot.

Deep River Rail Trail Reviews

Definitely what another reviewer mentioned--great for a Sunday afternoon walk.

We biked the main part of the trail and loved it. The access from the parking area down to the trail is steep in places and not suitable for narrow tires in the loose gravel area. The trail itself is hard-packed gravel and well maintained. There are benches and trash cans. We look forward to the extension.

Recently learned about the trail and while it is short (just over .75 of a mile)it is very quiet and peaceful. Plenty of short side trails to the river and the trail extension at the end takes you to the Highway 64 Bridge. Looking forward to when other sections of this trail open. Early Sunday morning walk, didn't meet any other people on the trail, just a few Spiders trying to catch their breakfast.


After finding out about this trail a few months ago, my son and I finally got a chance to go check it out. I only live about 10 miles from it so it is quick to get to for a nice Sunday afternoon hike. The parking for the trail is very nice and it is easy to get to the trail from the parking lot. The trail has some very nice places to turn off to go down to Deep River. You can also see some nice rock formations along the trail. At the end of the trail there is a nice unimproved trail extension that leads all the way to Highway 64 bridge that crosses the river. All together we got in a little over 3 miles and it took about hour half just taking our time and checking everything out. I would definitely recommend coming to see this trail if you live close by. It makes for a great afternoon hike. Everything is well taken care of and is a great place to get out and get some exercise.

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