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Rankin Lake Park Trail

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. A work in progress, the Carolina Thread Trail currently 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 ripe for 
exploring via their trails and blueways.


1750 Rankin Lake Rd, Gastonia, NC 28052, USA

1.9 miles


Best Use




Walking, Jogging

Walking, Running

Meeting Center

Lucile Tatum Extension Homemkrs Center

959 Osceola St

Gastonia NC


Miniature Golf

Monster Mini Golf

3924 East Franklin Blvd.

Gastonia NC


Night Life

The Rooster

334 West Main Ave.

Gastonia NC

Rankin Lake Park

The 80-acre lake, complete with fishing pier and boat dock. Canoes, kayaks, johnboats and pedal boats are available to rent.



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 these trails 

Located close by

Nature Trail at Schiele Museum

Natural Surface


0.7 mile loop

This nature trail is free for all visitors with access to the Play'Scape. Pets must be leashed.

Fern Trail at Crowders Mountain

Natural Surface


0.80 miles loop

This loop trail connects with a portion of the Turnback Trail and follows a creek for some portions of the trail.

Tower Trail at Crowders Mountain

Natural Surface


1.8 miles one way

Begins at the Linwood Access Area and ends at the radio towers on Crowders Mountain.

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