Marcia H. Cloninger Rail Trail

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Parking Address: 209 W Congress St, Lincolnton, NC 28092. MAP

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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.


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Trail Manager

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

City of Lincolnton
Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation Director
PO Box 61
Lincolnton, NC 28093

800 South Madison Street
Lincolnton, NC 28092
Phone: 704-735-2671


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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.

Quick Facts

Trail Uses Walking / Hiking / Running
Paved Surface Biking
Location Lincolnton (NC)
Difficulty Easy
Length1.6 miles, One Way
Surface Sidewalk
Fees No
PetsPermitted on leash
Motorized vehiclesNot Permitted
ADA CompliantYes
Number of parking spaces15
Hours of operationDawn - Dusk

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