North Carolina East Coast Greenway Trip Planner
North Carolina Basics
|Amount on trails||17 %|
|When to go||Coastal areas – summer highs average in the upper 80s, winter highs in the 60s, rarely dropping below freezing even at night. Inland areas – summer highs average in the low 90s, winter highs in the mid 50s, often dropping below freezing at night. Generous precipitation throughout the year.|
|Highlights||Wilmington Riverwalk along the Cape Fear River with a view of a battleship, the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham|
|Guides||ECGA cue sheets and Google maps|
User Types Accommodated
The completed trail segments in North Carolina can accommodate a variety of users, as listed in the table below. However, because most of the route through North Carolina is still on road, we recommend that only experienced road bicyclists plan to travel the entire route. We will provide more details about the non-designated segments as soon as possible.
Designated Trail Details
These trails have been officially designated as part of the East Coast Greenway. There are other completed trails along the North Carolina route that have not yet been designated. Please consult our Google maps and cue sheets for more detailed information on the route.
NOTE: Please contact the trail management agency or friends group with questions concerning trail access for individuals with disabilities.
In-line skaters: Trail conditions are variable, and even paved portions aren’t always smooth. We have attempted to note portions that are questionable for skating, but please be prepared to walk or go around certain portions of trail.
|Trail Name||Location||Length||Surface||Users||For more info||Notes|
|Ellerbee Creek and South Ellerbee Creek Trails||Durham||3 miles||Paved (but rough)||cyclists, walker||City of Durham|
|American Tobacco Trail||Durham, Chatham, Wake Co’s.||15.8 miles||Paved, some stone dust||cyclists, walkers, in-line skaters, equestrian||Triangle Trail|
|Black Creek Greenway||Town of Cary||5.85 miles||Paved||cyclists, walkers, in-line skater||pending|
|Dunn-Erwin Trail||Dunn & Erwin||5.3 miles||Paved||cyclists, walkers, in-line skater||City of Dunn|
|Cape Fear River Trail||Fayetteville||4.3 miles||Paved||cyclists, walkers, in-line skater||Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Rec|
|Greenfield Lake Path||Wilmington||3.0 miles||Paved||cyclists, walkers, in-line skater||City of Wilmington|
|The Wilmington Riverwalk||Wilmington||0.8 miles||Boardwalk||cyclists, walker||City of Wilmington|
|Dismal Swamp Canal Trail||South Mills||3.0 miles||Paved||cyclists, walkers, in-line skater||www.dismalswamp.com|
|Carolina Beach Greenway||Carolina Beach||0.9 miles||Paved||cyclists, walkers, in-line skater||Town of Carolina Beach|
|North Carolina Aquarium at Ft. Fisher Trail||Kure Beach||0.4 miles||Paved||cyclists, walkers, in-line skater||North Carolina Aquarium|
Counties and municipalities along the route
- Signs – ECG signage is posted along many completed segments in North Carolina. Use them as well as local signage to ensure you are on the right route, but pay close attention to your guide and cue sheets as signage is not available in all locations.
- Maps – Google maps of the route in North Carolina are excellent for trip planning.
- Cue sheets – these turn-by-turn directions are a handy and easy way to navigate the route in North Carolina.
Before planning a trip, be aware of local trail conditions. Visit our Wayfinding, Trail Alerts, and Current Status to read about construction or detours that we are aware of. Always carry street maps with you in case of trail closures.
Visit the ECG Community Room to post questions to other trail users and read what other travelers have to say about their trip through North Carolina.
Public Transportation in North Carolina
NC Transit Systems: www.nctransit.org/links.html
NC DOT Passenger Trail information: www.bytrain.org/passenger/default.html
Raleigh-Durham International Airport: www.rdu.com
Wilmington NC International Airpot: www.flyilm.com
North Carolina state trails: ils.unc.edu/parkproject/trails/home.html
NC Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation: www.ncdot.org/transit/bicycle
Cape Fear Cyclists www.capefearcyclists.org
Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy www.triangletrails.org