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North Carolina Basics


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.


Wilmington Riverwalk along the Cape Fear River with a view of a battleship, the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham


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.

A bridge along the American Tobacco Trail in Durham.

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





For more info


Ellerbee Creek and South Ellerbee Creek Trails


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


cyclists, walkers, in-line skater



Dunn-Erwin Trail

Dunn & Erwin

5.3 miles


cyclists, walkers, in-line skater

City of Dunn


Cape Fear River Trail


4.3 miles


cyclists, walkers, in-line skater

Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Rec


Greenfield Lake Path


3.0 miles


cyclists, walkers, in-line skater

City of Wilmington


The Wilmington Riverwalk


0.8 miles


cyclists, walker

City of Wilmington


Dismal Swamp Canal Trail

South Mills

3.0 miles


cyclists, walkers, in-line skater


Carolina Beach Greenway

Carolina Beach

0.9 miles


cyclists, walkers, in-line skater

Town of Carolina Beach


North Carolina Aquarium at Ft. Fisher Trail

Kure Beach

0.4 miles


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:
NC DOT Passenger Trail information:
Raleigh-Durham International Airport:
Wilmington NC International Airpot:

Other Resources

North Carolina state trails:
NC Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation:
Cape Fear Cyclists
Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

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