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North Carolina East Coast Greenway Trip Planner

 

North Carolina Basics

Length 399 Miles
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

Coming soon!

Navigation Tools

  • 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.
The Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, along the Historic Coastal Route

Trail Alerts

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.

Trail Reports

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.

 

 

 

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher Trail

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
Amtrak: www.amtrak.com

Other Resources

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

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