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Cyclists ride through downtown Durham on the East Coast Greenway

Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in North Carolina

On its way through central and eastern North Carolina, the East Coast Greenway showcases the state’s natural features and cultural diversity. From rolling hills of pine, oak, and hickory forests to farmlands, thriving cities, cypress swamps, and coastal beaches, travelers will experience much of the Tar Heel State’s best.

The current 372-mile spine route passes through the Research Triangle cities of Durham and Raleigh on extensive greenway trails, then 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 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.


Current Projects

The North Carolina Committee for the East Coast Greenway consists of volunteers who coordinate route selection and undertake advocacy efforts to move the Greenway ahead in the Tar Heel State. Current goals include:

  • Sign the route with ECG trail markers to raise awareness and enhance the trail experience
  • Designating trails
  • Support connections between existing greenway trails and gap areas
  • Host strong events throughout our route in late May and early June

How to get involved

  1. Join the East Coast Greenway Alliance. As a member, you’ll receive monthly news and features about the Greenway and its development.
  2. “Friend” us. For news about the Greenway, timely event notices, and other updates, follow the East Coast Greenway Alliance on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  3. Contact us. Let us know of your interest in volunteering. Contact:
  • Iona Thomas, Chair of the North Carolina Committee, 919.866.4762
  • Lauren Blackburn, Vice-Chair of the North Carolina Committee, 919.741.5569
  • Kathryn Zeringue, Virginia & North Carolina Coordinator for the East Coast Greenway, 919.797.0619 x104


  • The ECG Trip Planner allows you to generate customized point-to-point cue sheets for your ECG trip, with accompanying maps and elevation profiles, or to export your route as a GPX file to load onto your Garmin or other GPS device.
  • NC Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation:

Our Partners and Supporters in North Carolina

The East Coast Greenway Alliance 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: