Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail

North Carolina

Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail Facts

States: North Carolina
Counties: Lincoln
Length: 1.5 miles
Trail end points: Liberty Street and Motz Ave. nr. Grier St.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016424
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail Description

The Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail, known locally as the Lincolnton Rail-Trail, offers a chance to explore the heart of this small Southern town, highlighted by a stately courthouse, model Main Street, thriving arts scene, and nearby lakes and mountains. Once an eyesore, the former Norfolk Southern Railroad corridor is now the pride and joy of "Lovable Lincolnton."

The trail begins near Liberty Street and travels past the old railroad depot at Pine and North Poplar streets. As it winds through town, it briefly shares its corridor with an active railroad line. Expect to encounter both locals and visitors out for exercise or on a break from the specialty and antique shops. The smooth, paved trail is especially popular with inline skaters and parents pushing baby strollers. Benches line the route, inviting you to pause and take in this enchanting town and trail.

The trail was named in memory of the woman who championed its cause and was instrumental in securing funds to build it. It is part of the growing Carolina Thread Trail, a trail network of more than 1,400 miles across North and South Carolina.

Parking and Trail Access

From Charlotte, take I-85 south to Exit 10 and head north on US Highway 321. Take Exit 24 and follow NC 27/Main Street west into Lincolnton. Turn right on North Poplar Street, and drive one block to the intersection of North Poplar and East Pine. The trailhead is on East Pine, behind the old railroad depot. Street parking is available across from the depot.

Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail Reviews

First of all, don't follow the posted direction. It's exit 17 off of I85. If you go to Aspen Street there is a city park with plenty of parking. Enjoyed the trail. The colours should be really pretty in about 2 more weeks. Stop for breakfast at Harvest Moon Grill.

I have always lived in Lincoln County and recently moved in to the city limits of Lincolnton. The Marcia Rail Trail lets you see parts of this small town that you would miss while driving. I marveled at the historic buildings, wild life, and beautiful foliage as I walked down the trail for the first time.

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