Highland Rail Trail - Downtown Sidewalk Connection

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Pace Yourself

Plan to exercise for short time or distance, at a comfortable pace. As you become more active, you can gradually increase your output and notice your endurance as it improves.


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.


This 0.7-mile downtown sidewalk trail connects downtown Gastonia to the Highland Rail Trail. Walkers and runners can follow this trail from the intersection of Marietta Street and Franklin Boulevard, along Long Avenue until they reach the trailhead for the Highland Rail Trail, which is located at the intersection of Broad Street and Long Avenue. The rail trail is clearly marked by a Carolina Thread Trail marker and is visible from the road.

*Special Note: Users should be cautious at street crossings and be conscious of vehicular traffic as they enjoy the trail. 

Other Information

Gaston County Bike Share is now available at Highland Rail Trail. Follow the link for more information - http://bike.zagster.com/gogaston/

Trail Manager

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

City of Gastonia
Parks and Recreation
Director, Parks and Recreation
PO Box 1748
Gastonia, NC 28053
Phone: 704-866-6839


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This sidewalk connects the Town of Gastonia to the Highland Rail Trail, located near the intersection of Broad Street and Long Avenue.

Quick Facts

Trail Uses Paved Surface Biking
Location Gastonia (NC)
Difficulty Easy
Length0.7 miles, One Way
Surface Sidewalk
Fees No
PetsPermitted on leash
Motorized vehiclesNot Permitted
ADA CompliantYes
Number of parking spacesDowntown Parking
Hours of operationDawn - Dusk

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