Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail

North Carolina

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Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail Facts

States: North Carolina
Counties: Lincoln
Length: 1.7 miles
Trail end points: City Park (1000 N Aspen St, Lincolnton) and Motz Avenue Dog Park (492 Motz Ave, Lincolnton)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016424

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

great walk

Enjoyed the walk on this trail. Very unique with houses, businesses and trees on the way. We found this trail ok but it sure is easier when there is an address.

great for running

Beautiful and good terrain for running

Senior Citizen Friendly

I've been living in Lincolnton a little over five years and am a frequent user of the Marsha H. Cloninger Rail-Trail. This is an easy trail for just about anyone looking for some exercise. There's about a hundred yards of fairly steep incline at the north end trailhead, but the rest of the 1.6 mile hike (3.2 miles both ways) is mostly level. The trail can be accessed or exited at several street intersections allowing hikers to do as much or as little of the trail as they desire. Several murals have been painted near the Main Street Tunnel in 2018 and hopefully the Art Council of Lincoln County will add more art.

This is a very Senior Citizen friendly trail. I love it

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.


The unknown beauty of our town.....

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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