Plan Your Trip

 Ready to explore the Greenway?

From a morning's hike to a week's bike trip or more, the East Coast Greenway offers thousands of miles of adventures, a great way to experience the Eastern Seaboard up close.  

Before you go

As the East Coast Greenway grows, you'll find a growing number of 10-50+ mile segments protected from the road and suitable for all trail users. Cyclists attempting multiple-day or even the end-to-end ride, however, should be experienced and comfortable in navigating through cities and rural areas and in sharing roads and bridges with cars and trucks. As for accommodations, campgrounds are in short supply on this urban route. Cyclists have had luck booking affordable rooms through couchsurfing.com, warmshowers.com, and AirBnb.com. Nearby motels tend to be welcoming of cyclists and their bikes. Stealth camping beside fire stations and other public property is always an option — but you didn’t hear that from us, of course.

Using our mapping tool
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Map your Greenway trip, then share with friends

In August 2017, we launched an updated version of our online mapping tool, map.greenway.org. The new tool helps you locate the closest point on the Greenway from wherever you are and allows you to download GPX files or turn-by-turn cue sheets of trips along the Greenway of any length. The tool functions on computers and as a web app on mobile devices.

Watch short tutorial on using the new tool

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Screenshot of the new map.greenway.org in the "detailed streets" view, one of three background options.

Safety and etiquette on the Greenway

  • The Greenway is a trail for everyone. Be courteous when passing. Bicyclists should yield to pedestrians and equestrians. Yielding means: slow down, establish communication (friendly greeting or bell), be prepared to stop if necessary, and pass safely.
  • Obey all trail and traffic laws, signals and signs.
  • When on streets, bicyclists should travel in the same direction as motorized traffic, while walkers should face traffic.
  • Travel in a predictable and consistent manner so as not to cause accidents.
  • Keep your bicycle speeds low on trails. Adjust your speed to trail congestion and surface conditions.
  • All cyclists should wear an approved bicycle helmet. (Helmet use may be required by local or state law.)
  • Display front and rear lights at night.

 

  • Keep your pets on leash and out of the way of other trail users.
  • Pick up after your pets.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and limit the amount of valuables carried.
  • Prior to using a new trail, take the time to familiarize yourself with the trail and plan your route.
  • Tell friends or family the route you’ll be taking, and travel with a partner when possible.
  • Carry with you: Identification, pertinent medical information, emergency numbers, basic tools and repair materials, cell phone, sufficient water or fluids for hydration, local road map for orientation in case you get off track, and gear for changes in weather conditions.
  • Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are traveling — and prepare accordingly.

 

Trips of interest

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Itinerary • New York City, NY

Day Tour of the Big Apple

1-day cycling/walking tour recommended by Eric Weis

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Itinerary • Beaufort, SC

Spanish Moss Trail

Half-day walking tour recommended by Brent Buice

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Itinerary • Williamsburg, VA

Virginia Capital Trail

2-day out-and-back bike ride: Recommended by Kathryn Zerinque

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Trip tales: Biking, walking, towing a pup

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July 2, 2018

Hugging the coast: Weeks 7-8, Rhode Island to Maine

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August 19, 2016

Freewalkers: Modern-Day Pioneers on the Greenway

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April 24, 2017

Team Murf: Seeing America up close, from their handlebars and leash

Join the Greenway!

Your support helps to develop this ambitious, 3,000-mile route, Canada to Key West. Your membership gift builds more protected miles that we can all enjoy, today and for generations to come.