East Coast Greenway State Trail

About the trail

About the Trail

The East Coast Greenway is a walking and biking route stretching 3,000 miles from Maine to Florida – connecting 15 states and 450 communities. The East Coast Greenway State Trail is the portion of the greenway in North Carolina.

Here in North Carolina, the East Coast Greenway State Trail is shaped like a large "V" – with one arm passing through Raleigh, Durham, and Fayetteville. The coastal arm will connect Greenville and Jacksonville. These will join in Wilmington. Along the way, hikers and bicyclists can experience rolling hills of pine, oak, and hickory forests; cypress swamps; thriving cities; and coastal beaches.

Each state trail is a unit of the state parks system and must be authorized by the General Assembly. When any new state trail is added to the system, the Division of Parks and Recreation engages in a planning process, including a feasibility study for the new trail. Effective planning is essential to determine a corridor for the trail and identify potential partners. Planning includes extensive data collection, outreach to potential partners, public input, and mapping of the trail corridor.

Constructed trail within the identified corridor is not part of the state trail until it is designated by the Secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. All designation applications are evaluated by the North Carolina Trails Committee.