Gold Hill Rail Trail

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Save Your Skin

Use sunscreen and/or wear long light layers and a hat when out during the day.


Parking Address and Trailhead Location: 2439 St Stephens Church Rd, Gold Hill, North Carolina 28071 MAP

Parking Address and Trailhead Location: 730-750 St Stephens Church Rd, Gold Hill, NC 28071 MAP



"The Gold Hill Rail Trail is a protected rail road right-of-way developed by the Land Trust for Central North Carolina in partnership with the Historic Gold Hill and Mines Foundation, Inc. The narrow-gauge rail line was built in the 1880’s to transport gold, gold refining equipment and supplies for the New Gold Hill Ltd. Mining Company. The trail, now owned by the Historic Gold Hill and Mines Foundation, Inc., is a part of Gold Hill Mines Historic Park. It joins other trails developed along the old mining roads throughout the 70 acre park to create a scenic leisurely hiking, walking, jogging and biking trail." Brochure for Annual Gold Rush 5k . To date, the trail ends about a mile from the Cabarrus County line at the site of Union Gold and Copper Co.

Mine shafts, a powder house, a steam engine and boiler, and a stone jail are some of the historic structures to be enjoyed along the Gold Hill Rail Trail. After the walk through history, visit the E.H. Montgomery General Store for additional information, brochures and maps, snacks and refreshments. The quaint village of Gold Hill has an additional dozen restored retail shops for unique gifts, home decor and antiques.

Other Information

Do not venture off the trail. The trail passes through private property in some areas.

Trail Manager

Historic Gold Hill and Mines Foundation, Inc.

735 St. Stephens Church Road

Gold Hill, NC 28071



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The Gold Hill Rail Trail connects the Historic Town of Gold Hill, a restored mining town, to the original Narrow Gauge Railroad Spur Line of the 1880's.

Quick Facts

Trail Uses Walking / Hiking / Running
Location Gold Hill (NC)
Difficulty Moderate
Length2.2 miles, One Way
Surface Natural surface
Fees No
PetsPermitted on leash
Motorized vehiclesNot Permitted
ADA CompliantNo
Number of parking spaces25
Hours of operationDawn to Dusk

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