Richardson Greenway

Trail Tips

Think About Drinks

It’s a good idea to drink water or hydrating fluids during the day, especially when you’re active. Bring along a water bottle or hydration backpack on the trail.


Troutman Access

Parking Address: Parking Lot next to Farmer's Market Shelter MAP

Trailhead Location: MAP


Barium  Springs Access

Parking Address: Barium Springs Post Office - 2625 Shelton Ave, Barium Springs, NC 28010 MAP

Trailheads Location: MAP



This paved sidewalk and greenway provides a relatively flat route suitable for walking, running, and biking. The greenway is a rail-to-trail conversion which runs between Fraizer Loop to Rumple Street. The Richardson Greenway runs through the heart of Troutman, connecting Downtown Troutman, including Town Hall, Troutman Elementary and Middle schools, and a mix of offices, civic buildings, residences and commercial properties, to the Troutman Village Shopping Center. This segment of Carolina Thread Trail is also part of the Lake Norman Bicycle Route. Among the highlights along the trail is the Troutman Depot, which is home to the Farmers Market on Saturdays throughout the summer. Occasional benches line the greenway, providing visitors with opportunities to relax along the trail.

At the other end is a historic site, Barium Springs Home for Children. "In 1883, two Presbyterian women in Charlotte, North Carolina founded the Presbyterian Orphans Home, now called Barium Springs. As needs grew and space did not, the Presbyterian Synod purchased acreage for the Home in Barium Springs, N.C. The land they purchased was the site of the legendary, healing “Barium Springs.” After purchase of the land, Presbyterian Children’s Home moved to Barium Springs." Children's Alliance Website.

Trail Manager

Visit the Town of Troutman for more information or contact;

Town of Troutman
Planning Director
PO Box 26
400 N. Eastway Drive
Troutman, NC 28166
Phone: 704-508-3012


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Richardson Greenway is a rail-to-trail conversion that runs through the center of the Town of Troutman and Barium Springs. 

Quick Facts

Trail Uses Walking / Hiking / Running
Paved Surface Biking
Location Barium Springs (NC)
Troutman (NC)
Difficulty Easy
Length2.0 miles, One Way
Surface Sidewalk
Fees No
PetsPermitted on leash
Motorized vehiclesNot Permitted
ADA CompliantYes
Number of parking spaces20
Hours of operationDawn - Dusk

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