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The Gary Shell Cross-City Trail connects the Wilmington campus of the University of North Carolina with the city's many recreational attractions, including Halyburton Park, Empie Park, McCrary Park, and Wade Park.
The developing trail is currently completed in four disconnected sections totaling more than 11 miles. The latest addition, which opened in 2014, is a 1.3-mile section in southern Wilmington that connects to Wade Park. The 17-acre park offers scenic wetlands, a picnic shelter, a playground, and restrooms.
The trail is primarily urban, so there are a number of restaurants, coffee shops, and two excellent bike shops along the route. The CCT also connects with the River-to-Sea Bikeway and Military Cutoff Trail, and is a part of the East Coast Greenway.
Parking is available at Halyburton Park (4099 S. 17th Street), Empie Park (3405 Park Avenue), Anne McCrary Park (4000 Randall Parkway), and James E.L. Wade Park (3500 Bethel Road).
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