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Highland Rail Trail is named for the neighborhood that it runs adjacent to as it travels through Gastonia along the former Carolina and Northwestern (C&NW) Railway. Although short, it offers an important connection between downtown Gastonia at its southern end and the recreational amenities of Sims Legion Park at its northern end.
Future plans call for continuing the trail north to Rankin Lake Park. It’s also part of the much larger Carolina Thread Trail, which winds across 15 counties through North and South Carolina.
Parking is available at the trail's northern end in Sims Legion Park (1001 N. Marietta Street).
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