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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 58, passing through a diversity of landscapes, including grassy areas, shady woodlands and the heart of downtown. There is a variety of shopping and dining options alongside the trail as well as a grocery store, a pharmacy, and multiple surf shops. Because the island is narrow, and as the pathway sits on its spine, it’s possible to view most of the island from there. There are plenty of beach access points no further than a block or two off the path.
The Emerald Path is a component of the East Coast Greenway.
Parking is available throughout the path. The town of Emerald Isle has various parks along the island that are on or near the path. This includes beach parking lots, parks with boat and kayak launches. In some sections you can park on neighborhood streets.
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