Oakboro City Trail

This short (~1.5 miles) trail in Stanley County is part of the Carolina Thread Trail system and is believed to be the first rail with trail in North Carolina. Although Oakboro's rail-trail, which parallels an active rail line, is quite short, it connects through a shady path to Oakboro's District Park and a couple of longer loop trails. Nearly all of the park's trails - as well as the rail-trail-portion - are shaded by tall longleaf pines, making this a great destination for a walk on a hot day. The smaller loop circles a large pond (or small lake) with a bridge across it and a variety of waterfowl. Restrooms and a drinking fountain are located by the parking lot at the district park. At the rail-trail end there is a restored caboose and a small railroad museum (open three days a week), see their web site. There is a sign in the park for the Carolina Thread Trail, a planned network of greenways and trails that will eventually connect 15 counties in North and South Carolina.

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photo courtesy of Nancy Pierce