There are hundreds of miles of greenways in North Carolina. But unless one runs through your neighborhood, chances are you don’t know where they are.
Despite their popularity and growing prominence, there is no one single source for greenways in North Carolina. As I’ve mentioned, GetGoingNC.com is working on that; hopefully, in a month or so we’ll have some progress to announce on that front. Until then, I’ll share my list of Web sites detailing greenways throughout the state. Included is a quick thumbnail; click on the destination for more info.
It may not be a complete list, but it’s pretty close. If you know of a greenway that’s not included, leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list.
Greenville 3.3-mile greenway
Jacksonville 5.5-mile Jacksonville-Camp LeJeune Rails-to-Trails greenway
Manteo 8.8-mile greenway
Apex Six greenways
Chapel Hill Six main greenways/trails
Carrboro Includes 1-mile Libba Cotten rails-with-trails project
Cary 47 miles of greenway
Durham Eight greenways, including about half of the 22-mile American Tobacco Trail (pictured at top, although this section is in Chatham County)
Morrisville One greenway.
Raleigh 68 miles of greenway with more under construction
Smithfield 3-mile Buffalo Creek Greenway runs along the Neuse River
Wake Forest About 8 miles of greenway in 9 sections
Greensboro 32 miles of paved greenway
Guilford County Overseeing the nearly complete 15-mile Bicentennial Greenway bridging High Point and Greensboro.
Winston-Salem 16 miles of greenway
High Point 9 miles of greenway
Wilkesboro 7.4-mile (and growing) Yadkin River Greenway
Mecklenburg County 13 miles of developed greenway
Carolina Thread Trail New effort to link greenways in 15 counties in the Charlotte area
Gastonia One 2.7-mile greenway, one 1.7-mile rails-to-trails project
Kings Mountain 2.3-mile greenway
Concord Four-mile downtown loop
Kannapolis 2-mile greenway
Asheville 4.3-mile greenway with plans for 15-mile system with 12 interconnected corridors
Black Mountain More than a mile of greenway, with plans for three more greenways
Brevard 5-mile paved greenway links Brevard with Davidson River area
Franklin 4-mile, mostly paved, Little Tennessee River Greenway
Morganton 3.8-mile Catawba River Greenway, with connecting .6-mile Freedom Trail.
North Carolina Rail-Trails Includes a rundown of 28 rails-to-trails projects throughout the state as well as projects in development.