Emerald Path

North Carolina

2 Reviews

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Emerald Path Facts

States: North Carolina
Counties: Carteret
Length: 11 miles
Trail end points: The Point at Bogue Inlet and Salter Path Road
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8940922

Emerald Path Description

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 and Trail Access

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.

Emerald Path Reviews

Cold but enjoyable ride!

I had difficulty finding parking at the end of the trail but was able to find a public beach access parking in Indian Beach just past the end of the off-the-road portion. The cross road stops could get a little monotonous in the busier months but were not a big issue in November. It was cold and windy but still was an enjoyable ride. There are several public restrooms along the route.
The description only includes the portion of the trail that parallels, but is off, the main road (about 11 miles). There is an on-road trail that continues into Indian Beach and Atlantic Beach (probably close to 25 miles total). This road is fairly busy but the bike path is wide enough so it isn't uncomfortable.

Emerald Isle Trail.

All paved, gets a little busy with cross car traffic around downtown Emerald Isle on the path. Nice path for the most part. I would suggest early morning or later afternoon to heat. Has water stop, rest rooms at the beach access and tourist center. We like to ride along Ocean Drive along the ocean and end at the beach (end of Coast Guard Road). You can park at Boat Ramp or several beach access locations.

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