Welcome to NC Rail-Trails!

North Carolina Rail-Trails preserves rail corridors and works with communities across North Carolina to create trails for public use on abandoned rail corridors.

Rail-trails differ from other trails and greenways in several characteristics. The terrain for rail-trails is generally flat or gently sloped because the land was originally engineered for rail use. This makes rail-trails wonderful places to ride a bike and many are wheelchair accessible. Also, rail corridors are usually wide enough to accommodate many different types of trail use: biking, walking, jogging, horseback riding, dog walking, pogo-sticking … the possibilities are endless.

Another positive attribute of a rail-trail is that it actually goes somewhere. Just as trains go from one community to the next, so does the rail-trail, creating a natural link between communities. Today, we can maintain these community links by utilizing existing rail corridors that are so perfectly suited for trails.

Does your community have an abandoned railroad? Would you like to have a safe place to play and exercise while preserving your community’s train heritage? Please contact NCRT if you would like us to help you create a rail-trail in your area.

Link to News Archive

To see all earlier NEWS items please go to our News Archives page.

We've added some new trail images to our Photo Gallery.

posted by emily on December 22, 2015

Happy merry holidays from Santa AL and all of us at North Carolina Rail-Trails!
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posted by emily on December 16, 2015

There is a great column today in the Greensboro News & Record about future plans and opportunities for public input on the Downtown Greenway and A&Y Greenway. Links are included for the public comment portal, open until 12/31. Click here for the full text of the column.

posted by curt on December 5, 2015

We've just posted our latest Newsletter (click on the right block to read). In our lead article we feature an interview with AL Capehart, the founder of NC Rail-Trails and for over 20 years the single most active and influential person in advocating for rail-trail development in North Carolina. You'll also find updates on work on the Elkin & Alleghany rail-trail and some other trail development projects we are partnering with. ENJOY and please consider us in your end of 2015 donations.

posted by emily on November 3, 2015

The annual membership meeting of the North Carolina Rail-Trails will be held along with the quarterly meeting of the board of directors on Saturday, November 7 from 9:30am-12:30pm in Durham. Any dues paying member of NCRT is welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Emily at 919-399-5214 or execdirector@ncrailtrails.org for location information.