Gaston County, NC
The Carolina Thread Trail
is a network of trails and blueways across 15 counties in North and South Carolina offering people
a place to hike bike, and paddle. Currently it has more than 300 miles of trails and 170 miles of blueways. Once complete,
the system will total 1,600 miles. Gaston County’s distinct towns and its proximity to the Catawba and South Fork Rivers
make it a great place to explore via their trails and blueways.
Highland Rail Trail
1.5 Miles One Way
200 E Long Ave, Gastonia, NC 28052, USA
The Highland Rail Trail is a ten foot wide, paved surface trail constructed along the historic Carolina and Northwestern Railway. This urban trail meanders through residential neighborhoods and industrial areas, linking downtown Gastonia with Sims Legion Park and beyond. The Carolina Thread Trail sign marks one entrance to the trail at the intersection of Broad Street and Long Avenue. From this point, the trail continues northwest past Sims Legion Park toward I-85. The paved trail ends just short of Rankin Lake Road. There is a gravel path which connects Rankin Lake Road to the paved surface of the Highland Rail Trail.