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Highland Rail Trail - Downtown Sidewalk Connection

A route of about 3 miles, consisting of sidewalks, and on-street bikeways, connects Avon & Catawba Creek Greenway, downtown, and many Gastonia neighborhoods to the Highland Rail Trail, located near the intersection of Broad Street and Long Avenue.
Trail Uses
Accessible Experience Paved surface biking
Gastonia (NC)
3.00 miles, One Way
Motorized Vehicles
Not Permitted
Permitted on leash
Parking Spaces
Downtown Parking
Dawn - Dusk


This in-town route runs primarily along Second Avenue, turning north through the central business district to reach the Highland Rail Trail on Long Avenue. By using a portion of this route to link the Avon & Catawba Creeks Greenway to the rail trail, users can travel 6.2 miles, from Robinwood Road through downtown to Bulb Avenue, or vice versa. In the near future, the 0.6-mile Highland Branch Trail will extend these connections to Rankin Lake Park.

Note: As this downtown connection follows the roadway network, users should be cautious at street crossings and be conscious of motor vehicle traffic as they enjoy the route. 

Trail Manager

Visit the City of Gastonia online for more information or contact:

City of Gastonia
PO Box 1748
Gastonia, NC 28053
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Trailhead Information

Parking Address: Gastonia Police Department, 200 E Long Ave, Gastonia, NC 28052 MAP

Trailhead Location: MAP

Additional Directions: Parking is also available throughout downtown Gastonia.

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