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Explore the best rated trails in Sanford, NC. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Riverwalk Greenway and Carolina North Greenway. With more than 77 trails covering 242 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Cape Fear River Trail


May, 2023 by guy62sandra

The hills and curves gave this paved and wooden bridge trail a comfortable moderate challenge. Trail is mostly shady with a couple covered bridges given you a nice break from the sun. There were plenty of benches and restrooms. No stores, so don’t forget to bring plenty of water.

Cape Fear River Trail

Fun trail

April, 2023 by asmird2020

This was our first time doing a trail with our E-bikes! It was a pretty fun trail! We did it twice in one day! Made us sore tho! The first part is down hill which is fun but has to go back up it! Wasn’t to bad!

Abbotts Creek Trail

Decent Trail

February, 2023 by rjacob3783

Nice trail, mostly uphill from the Neuse.


Cape Fear River Trail

nice trail - wish we could have seen more

February, 2023 by jrutch

parked at the nature center (bathrooms!) and walked to the right on the advice of a local that that was the prettier way to go (it was lovely) - took about a mile to get to the river - did 1.75 one way for a 3.5 mile walk - we were driving GA to NJ on 95 and we took the ten minute detour off the highway to break up the drive with a nice walk - WELL WELL worth it ! - would like to come back with the bike someday and see the whole trail

Sam's Branch Greenway

Nice trail but closed midway due to construction.

February, 2023 by nick.campasano

Very nice trail, however, you cannot currently get to the river walk trail as there is construction which has closed the trail about three quarters of the way there.

Black Creek Greenway

Detours and upgrades

January, 2023 by jchris850

Town of Cary is relocating this greenway north of Dynasty Drive to eliminate a streetside stretch. When I walked it in December, there was a longer streetside detour following Dynasty in the opposite direction, then returning via Cary Parkway to the trailhead on that street. There is also ongoing sewer reconstruction that may require streetside detours between Dynasty and Lake Crabtree.

Ellerbee Creek Trail

Easy Running

December, 2022 by cqqkqjdppv

Easy, flat trail for enjoyable run or endurance training. Start at Rock Quarry Park on Stadium Drive and run to Trinity Avenue and back for a solid 5 miles. Enjoy.

American Tobacco Trail

love this trail

December, 2022 by jk5g8g7vj6

Nice distance and great surface. Located in the middle of everything. You can ride and enjoy the city all in one day.

Cape Fear River Trail

Good ride

December, 2022 by jk5g8g7vj6

If you put go out and back you can get a good workout with the hills on the north end.

Dunn-Erwin Rail-Trail

nice ride

December, 2022 by jk5g8g7vj6

Flat and easy ride with only a couple road crossings. A go to trail when I just want to petal.

Neuse River Trail

This trail is open!

November, 2022 by luv2biketoo

This trail is beautiful and clearly marked follows The Neuse river¿¿

Riverwalk Greenway

Very nice trail with almost no issues end to end.When entering bridge a far end near race track. A challenging bump up onto bridge.

November, 2022 by dannylong_tl

Very nice trail with almost no issues end to end.When entering bridge a far end near race track. A challenging bump up onto bridge.

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