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Skewarkee Trail - Williamston, NC
The only rail trail located in Northeastern North Carolina, the Skewarkee Trail in Williamston is a relaxing stroll weaving through the town and down to the Roanoke River that is well suited for all users alike. Visitors will enjoy the ever changing scenery on the trail, plus the easy access to food and a bit of shopping, while locals take advantage of the greenway and use it as an easy route to their favorite fishing spot. The 0.8 mile trail is paved and well maintained, making it easily accessible to runners, bikers, rollerbladers and strollers and kids will surely have fun spotting all the animals in the trees on the way to the river. Charmingly quaint bed and breakfast houses surround the area, so there is no reason not to stop in Williamston for the night. However short or long your stay, the Skewarkee Trail will a great addition to your next adventure in this less explored part of North Carolina.
Directions and Parking
To begin in downtown Williamston, follow US-64 East into town and then continue onto US-13 N. Turn left at Park Street, and another left at Williamston Street, which turns into S Haughton Street. The beginning of the trail will be at the intersection of S Haughton Street and Railroad Street (an approximate address is 300 Railroad Street). There is no designated parking lot for the trail, but ample parking can be found one street up on Main Street.
To begin at the Roanoke River terminus, there is public parking where the trail intersects River Road (Approximately 800 River Road). Follow US-64 E to US-13 N, and turn left at US-17 BUS S. Take your first right onto River Road and the parking lot will be on your left.
At both ends, there is a sign showing a map of the trail with the intersecting streets marked and while there are no distinguishing signs on the trail, it is very obvious and easy to follow. (please see our new map). It is entirely paved and when it does cross streets, yellow concrete pillars and/or yellow lines on the pavement alert you to watch out for traffic, although the majority of the streets and residential and very quiet. Please obey all rules listed on for both the Skewarke Trail and the river landing, as it is an active boat ramp and wildlife habitat. The flat, paved terrain makes the Skewarkee trail is an easy, interesting stroll and a great way to get outside and explore Williamston.
If you start in downtown Williamston, you begin with a look at the a few of the business buildings in the city before the landscape changes into predominately grassy spaces, where trees lines the trail instead. The middle of the trail follows next to a small creek surrounded by tall trees and bushes, a perfect place to try and spot some of the wildlife (keep an eye out for the hawk that likes to hang out in the trees!). After crossing one more road, you begin to approach the banks of the Roanoke River. Take a few extra minutes to venture out onto the boardwalk and explore the area, or bring your fishing pole (and license, or course) and try to catch something.
As you follow the Skewarkee trail, be sure to take advantage of the restaurants and shopping that can be found just on the other side of the street. Grab a sandwich at J & W Sandwich Shop at 118 Harrison Street, or stop in a Susan’s at 150 West Main Street. There are other places like Domino’s Pizza and Dairy Queen if you are in the mood for something familiar, but it is always fun to try something new!
If you find yourself in need of some gloves because of chilly weather or hungry for a homemade snack, be sure to visit Martin Supply at 217 Washington Street. They carry locally made jams, jellies, honey and cheese, as well as apparel for men and women and hunting supplies. Another local gem is the antique store The Trading Post, found at 404 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Whether you are looking for antique furniture or just hunting to see what interesting things you may find, the Trading post is sure to please!
After a day of exploring, you can come home to a fine Bed and Breakfast or choose from any of the other fine accommodations in the Williamston area. Haughton Hall (203 N Haughton Street) is a charming restored house turned Bed and Breakfast featuring 3 guest rooms with original stained glass windows, pressed tin ceilings and antique furnishings. Find more information at the Haughton Hall site. Big Mill Bed and Breakfast, located at 1607 Big Mill Road, has four guest rooms settled on 200 acres of land full of gardens, old farm buildings and woodlands galore. Check out more at the Big Mill site. Other lodging options, like Days Inn, Econo Lodge, or Williamston Inn and Suites, can be found at the Martin County accomodations site.
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