Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in North Carolina
The Wilmington Riverwalk
From big cities to towns – through rolling hills of pine, oak, and hickory forests, farmlands, and cypress swamps to the coastal beaches – the East Coast Greenway is an excellent way to see the natural and cultural variety of central and eastern North Carolina!
In North Carolina, the current route of the East Coast Greenway passes through the Triangle cities of Durham and Raleigh, touches the Sandhills, and enters Fayetteville. It then runs across the Coastal plain along the Cape Fear River and explores the port city of Wilmington.
In addition to this main route, the alternate Historic Coastal route extends south from Virginia on the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail and follows the North Carolina coast more closely, linking Greenville and Jacksonville before heading into Wilmington to join the spine route.
21% of North Carolina’s 391-mile spine route is currently on trails, and another 7% is in development. The Triangle section is over 85% complete for 75 miles, including the extensive American Tobacco Trail and Neuse River Greenway. The NC Committee is working hard to improve the on-road route through bike lanes, sharrows and other amenities, and is collaborating with state agencies and organizations to move the trail forward as quickly as possible. To learn more about the trail progress and activities in North Carolina, visit the NC Committee page.
ECG Maps and Cue Sheets
Google maps, turn-by-turn cue sheets, and overview maps are available to help plan your trip and find your way through the route in North Carolina. In addition, our NC state committee is refining the Historic Coastal Route. Click here to see the map of this route under development.
Partners and Supporters in North Carolina
The ECGA is proud to be working with many great partners to bring the project to completion in the state of North Carolina. Partners include but are not limited to:
- Cape Fear Cyclists www.capefearcyclists.org
- Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail www.ncmst.org
- NC Rail Trails www.ncrailtrails.org
- North Carolina Department of Transportation www.ncdot.org
- North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation www.ncparks.gov
- SouthEast High Speed Rail Corridor www.sehsr.org
- Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy www.triangletrails.org
- Triangle Commuter Bike Initiative www.dwmfoundation.org
- Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space www.wakegov.com/parks
North Carolina Mile Sponsors – thank you for your support! Your inscriptions are listed on our website and in a kiosk on the American Tobacco Trail in Durham. Find out more about the Mile Sponsor Program.
North Carolina state trails: ils.unc.edu/parkproject/trails/home.html
NC Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation: www.ncdot.org/transit/bicycle