Gaston County, NC
Highland Rail Trail
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.
1.5 Miles One Way
200 E Long Ave, Gastonia, NC 28052, USA
Sims Legion Park
The facility features a regulation 360’, lighted and irrigated professional baseball stadium with covered grandstand seating plus bleacher seating; ticket booth and concourse entrance; press box; dressing facilities, restrooms; concession areas and office space. There are two outlying, lighted recreational ball fields (1 at 185’ and 1 at 300’).
Gastonia is the largest town in Gaston County, North Carolina and can be found just south of I-85 off of exit 17 in the center of the county. Hwy 321 runs north and south straight through town giving even better access to this booming metropolis.
Hike all the trails
In Gaston County
Kings Mountain State Park Trail
3.1 Miles One Way
The National Recreation Trail in Kings Mountain State Park is marked by a blue blaze throughout the 16-mile loop trail. Carolina Thread Trail segment is 1.6-mile that connects to the red blaze of the Ridgeline Trail that will take you north to Crowders Mountain or continue on west to the visitor's center at the Kings Mountain Military Park to learn the history of the Revolutionary War Battle site. There is a beautiful dam created by the Lake Crawford near the parking.
Natural Surface, Gravel
8 Miles One Way
The Ridgeline Trail connects you to a 16-mile hiking trail loop at Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park called Kings Mountain National Recreation Trail.
Kings Mountain to Town via Sidewalk
2.1 miles, One Way
The sidewalk connects the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail to downtown Kings Mountain. Patriot Park is at the corner of Battleground Ave. and Gold St.
Kings Mountain Gateway Trail
Gravel, Boardwalk, Sidewalk
5 Miles One Way
8 miles of trail, 5 of which are designated Thread Trail, which is comprised of crushed stone, boardwalk, and sidewalk and is ADA compliant.