ATTENTION: The parking lot at Seven Oaks Preserve Trail is temporarily closed due to a downed tree. The trail is still accessible via Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

Marcia H. Cloninger Rail Trail

This paved surface trail runs through the downtown and residential areas of Lincolnton, NC.  It also briefly meets with the railroad near South Academy Street.
Trail Uses
Accessible Experience Walking / hiking / running Paved surface biking
Location
Lincolnton (NC)
Length
1.6 miles, One Way
Difficulty
Easy
Surface
Sidewalk, Pavement
Motorized Vehicles
Not Permitted
Fees
No
Pets
Permitted on leash
Parking Spaces
15
Restrooms
No
Hours
Dawn - Dusk

Description

The Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail, known locally as the Lincolnton Rail-Trail, is a 1.6-mile paved trail, is especially popular with walkers, joggers, bikers, and parents pushing baby strollers. Benches line the route, inviting you to pause and take in this enchanting town and trail. The trail is maintained by the City of Lincolnton.

The trail offers a chance to search the heart of this small Southern town, highlighted by a stately courthouse, model Main Street, thriving arts scene, and nearby lakes and mountains. Once an eyesore covered in kudzu and debris, the former Norfolk Southern Railroad corridor is now the pride and joy of “Lovable Lincolnton”.

Marcia H. Cloninger was influential in the early Lincolnton Rail to Trail movement. Mrs. Cloninger served on the Lincolnton City Council and worked tirelessly to make the rail trail a reality. In 1999, it was recommended that the rail trail officially be named the Marcia H. Cloninger Rail Trail.

 

Trail Manager

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

City of Lincolnton
Nathan Eurey-Director
Attn: Parks & Rec.Dept.
P.O. Drawer 617
Lincolnton, NC 28093-0617

704-735-2671
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Bring a flashlight or headlamp and wear reflective clothing when out after dark.
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Marcia H. Cloninger Sidewalk Connection: E Main Street

Trailhead Information

Parking Address and Trailhead Location: 209 W Congress St, Lincolnton, NC 28092 MAP

Parking Address and Trailhead Location: 513 Motz Ave, Lincolnton, NC 28092 MAP

 

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