Highland Rail Trail

North Carolina

Highland Rail Trail Facts

States: North Carolina
Counties: Gaston
Length: 1.6 miles
Trail end points: Broad Street and Long Avenue and Rankin Lake Road
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7937350
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Highland Rail Trail Description

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 and Trail Access

Parking is available at the trail's northern end in Sims Legion Park (1001 N. Marietta Street).

Highland Rail Trail Reviews

This has the potential to be better but right now, hardly worth it. Took longer to load and unload the bikes than it did to ride the trail and part of it is an overgrown, gravel path. Dead-ends at 321 (a very busy 4-6 lane highway) and no way to get across to Rankin Lake (a very nice park). Maybe, someday, the city will figure a way to cross 321 to get to the park.

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