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 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.

posted by emily on October 12, 2015


Thank you to everyone who came out on Sunday for the Ales for Rail-Trails 5K! We had a fun and sunny afternoon, and appreciate all the support! Check out the attached PDFs for the complete results from the race. Congratulations to our top finishers!

posted by emily on July 21, 2015

Join us in Durham on Sunday, October 11th for the 5th Annual Ales for Rail-Trails 5K run! This FUNdraiser event is sponsored by Bull City Running Company and hosted by Fullsteam Brewery with all proceeds benefitting NC Rail-Trails. Early bird registration is open now, so grab some friends and come run with us.

Click here for all the details!

posted by emily on July 15, 2015

This just in! The Independent Weekly reports this week on our recently published study of safety on the American Tobacco Trail. Click here to read the coverage in the Indy: Does the American Tobacco Trail Unite or Divide Us?

Click here for background info on the study and the full report of findings: ATT Safety Study Website