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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. A segment of the trail travels through Franklinville, between the Deep River & Faith Rock while another 1.5 miles of rail-trail has been built in Ramseur. Faith Rock is Randolph County's most prominent Revolutionary War site, and there's a fascinating story behind the name. Other 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 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.
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. The address is 435 Rising Sun Way.
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