NC Rail-Trails photo gallery

Lynx Light Rail--Downtown Charlotte

Lynx Light Rail--Downtown Charlotte

Light rail lines and trail in downtown area.

Kings Mountain 1

Kings Mountain 1

Butterfly Garden

Kings Mountain Trail 3

Kings Mountain Trail 3

Kings Mountain Trail 2

Kings Mountain Trail 2

Kings Mountain Trail 1

Kings Mountain Trail 1

Arch for New Bridge over I-40

Arch for New Bridge over I-40

This very stylish arch was put in place overnight on April 27-28. The rest of the bridge is to be installed by early July.

H2Obottle

H2Obottle

At the Start Near FullSteam Brewery

At the Start Near FullSteam Brewery

Coming up Geer Street. Nicholas Johnson, #190 in the green and white singlet, went on to be the top male overall with a time of 16:11.0. Curt Devereux, NCRT's webmaster, provided the race lead services by bike and managed to stay just ahead of the speedy Mr. Johnson (with some effort).

Fresh Asphalt on the South Durham Section of the ATT

Fresh Asphalt on the South Durham Section of the ATT

Looking south from the Scott-King Road crossing. This .7 mile section from Scott-King to the Chatham County line has been widened to continue the dual surface used on much of the Chatham section. The asphalt is ~10' wide and the adjacent granite screenings section will be ~6' wide. Durham's die-hard ATT users have continued to use this section even during construction and are generally pleased with the look and feel of this part of the ATT. There is still much work to be done on this section and formal re-opening will not be until at least April 2013.

Ales2012

Ales2012

Jerry L Vaughn Jr.

Jerry L Vaughn Jr.

View of Little Elkin Creek from Elkin River Rail-Trail

View of Little Elkin Creek from Elkin River Rail-Trail

A view of Little Elkin Creek as seen by members of the Elkin Valley Trails Association on a late 2011 walk of the area.

Near Elkin Creek on the Elkin River Rail-Trail

Near Elkin Creek on the Elkin River Rail-Trail

Members of the Elkin Valley Trails Association look at where they aim to put a bridge over Elkin Creek

Walkers on Elkin River Rail

Walkers on Elkin River Rail

Members of the Elkin Valley Trails Association walk the existing portion of the Elkin River Rail-Trail near downtown Elkin

Dog Walker on Elkin River Rail Trail

Dog Walker on Elkin River Rail Trail

Elkin River Rail-Trail Near Elkin

Elkin River Rail-Trail Near Elkin

Members of the Elkin Valley Trails Association walk the existing portion of the Elkin River Rail-Trail near downtown Elkin

Runners Near the Start at First Ales to Rail-Trails Race (10-9-2011)

Runners Near the Start at First Ales to Rail-Trails Race (10-9-2011)

Participants coming up Rigsbee Street in Durham on their way to a loop on the American Tobacco Trail. Great weather and lots of supporters at the Start/Finish area. For more race day images please go to NCRT's Facebook page.

Fitness Class Comes Out to Use the Dunn-Erwin Trail

Fitness Class Comes Out to Use the Dunn-Erwin Trail

Crossfit Level 1 coach Andrew Pope takes his clients to the Dunn Erwin Rail Trail for fitness workout--June 2011

Steam Engine on the Durham and South Carolina RR Line--Circa 1905

Steam Engine on the Durham and South Carolina RR Line--Circa 1905

This engine saw service on the 42 mile  line from Duncan to East Durham. Near Durham the original (1905-25) corridor followed what is now the Riddle Road spur of the American Tobacco Trail (ATT). Around 1925 changes to the corridor brought it to the American Tobacco warehouse area, now the northern end of the ATT. For more on early RR pictures, please check out Alan Coleman's book, "Images of Rail: Railroads of North Carolina".

Recent Photo of Users on the Oakboro Rail Trail

Recent Photo of Users on the Oakboro Rail Trail

NCRT'S Exec. Director on a Walk on the Oakboro Rail with Trail

NCRT'S Exec. Director on a Walk on the Oakboro Rail with Trail

Rail with Trail in Oakboro, NC

Rail with Trail in Oakboro, NC

Walkers Enjoying the Highland Rail Trail in Gastonia on a Late Spring Evening

Walkers Enjoying the Highland Rail Trail in Gastonia on a Late Spring Evening

Walkers Enjoying the Southfork River Rail-Trail

Walkers Enjoying the Southfork River Rail-Trail

The 1 Mile South Fork Rail-Trail is located just west of Lincolnton and offers nice views of the South Fork of the Catawba River from it's fairly flat, gravelled surface. For the particulars see the Catawbalands Conservancy web site.

View of Jordan Lake from Eagle Spur Trail

View of Jordan Lake from Eagle Spur Trail

The abandoned Eagle Spur corridor ends at the northern edge of Jordan Lake

Stewart Creek Greenway in Charlotte

Stewart Creek Greenway in Charlotte

Parts of this 2.06 mile urban greenway are on an old rail bed. For info on this and

 linking greenways see the CharMeck site

"Ecusta" Corridor Near Hendersonville

"Ecusta"  Corridor Near Hendersonville

No trains have run on these rails for ~4years. Note the rust! 

An August 2009 article from BlueRidgeNow.com is enthusiastic but comments from local landowners show diverse views and highlight some of the issues that will have to be dealt with in developing a trail on this corridor. Since then local trail supporters have formed "Friends of the Ecusta Trail" to do trail advocacy and development. Their long term goal is creating an 18 mile trail from Brevard to Hendersonville. Please see their website for more on their efforts and fund raising.

Brevard Bike Path View

Brevard Bike Path View

Users Inspecting Bridge Over Northeast Creek on ATT in Chatham County

Users Inspecting Bridge Over Northeast Creek on ATT in Chatham County

View of the ATT Near Downtown Durham (from Nancy Pierce Photos.com)

View of the ATT Near Downtown Durham (from Nancy Pierce Photos.com)

Jean Middleton with George Smart

Jean Middleton with George Smart

CR Townsend with George Smart

CR Townsend with George Smart

Deep River -- Near Rail Trail in Franklinville

Deep River -- Near Rail Trail in Franklinville

Users Enjoying the Cape Fear River Trail

Users Enjoying the Cape Fear River Trail

Users Enjoying Fayetteville's Cape Fear River Trail