List of bicycle routes in North Carolina

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The following is a List of bicycle routes in North Carolina. These routes are designated by the North Carolina Department of Transportation Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Division.

U.S. Bicycle Route 1[edit]

U.S. Bicycle Route 1
Location: South Carolina border-Virginia border

The North Carolina portion of U.S. Bicycle Route 1 is known as the Carolina Connection and runs north-south through the central portion of the state, passing through Raleigh.[1]

North Carolina Bicycle Route 2[edit]

North Carolina Bicycle Route 2
Location: Murphy-Manteo

North Carolina Bicycle Route 2 is known as The Mountains to the Sea. Running 700 miles from Murphy in the western mountains to Manteo on the Atlantic coast, this route crosses most of the nine statewide signed and mapped bicycle routes that the North Carolina Department of Transportation has designated.

North Carolina Bicycle Route 3[edit]

North Carolina Bicycle Route 3
Location: South Carolina border-Virginia border

North Carolina Bicycle Route 3, the Ports of Call Route, is one of nine bicycle routes designated by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. It runs along North Carolina's coast for 300 miles (480 km) from South Carolina to Virginia near major ports of the US colonial eraSouthport, Wilmington, New Bern, Bath, and Edenton. Near Wilmington it connects with North Carolina Bicycle Route 5. It crosses North Carolina Bicycle Route 2 near Washington and North Carolina Bike Route 4 near the Virginia border. Other points of interest along this route include Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Carolina Beach State Park, the Croatan National Forest Recreation Areas, Tryon Palace, Goose Creek State Park and Merchants Millpond State Park.

North Carolina Bicycle Route 4[edit]

North Carolina Bicycle Route 4
Location: Northern North Carolina

North Carolina Bicycle Route 4, known as the North Line Trace, is a bicycle path that runs from east to west across North Carolina just south of the state's border with Virginia.[1]

The route, which is nearly 400 miles (640 km) in length, reaches six state parks and several other recreation areas, including Stone Mountain State Park, Pilot Mountain State Park, Hanging Rock State Park, and Merchants Millpond State Park; Hyco Reservoir, Kerr Lake and Lake Gaston Recreation Areas; and the Dismal Swamp and Currituck Sound areas. Campgrounds are located roughly every 75 miles (121 km) along the route.[1]

North Carolina Bicycle Route 5[edit]

North Carolina Bicycle Route 5
Location: Apex-Wilmington

North Carolina Bicycle Route 5, the Cape Fear Run, travels 160 miles (260 km) along the Cape Fear River from Apex through the southeast coastal plain to Wilmington at the sea. In Wilmington, it connects with North Carolina Bicycle Route 3, the Ports of Call Route. Rolling hills soon give way to flat land in the swamps and Carolina bays typical of this region of the state. Notable points of interest include Jones Lake State Park, Moore's Creek National Military Park, the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial, Brunswick Town State Historic Site, Carolina Beach State Park, and Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

North Carolina Bicycle Route 6[edit]

North Carolina Bicycle Route 6
Location: Upper Creek-Snow Camp

North Carolina Bicycle Route 6, the Piedmont Spur, is a 200 miles (320 km) southern alternate route of the Mountain to the Sea through the North Carolina Piedmont.[1]

The route begins at the intersection of NC 181 (Beatrice Cobb Highway) and Brown Mountain Beach Road. The route goes south to Morganton and Lincolnton; then east to Boger City, Huntersville, Concord, and Albemarle. After entering Montgomery County, it goes northeast through the communities of Ophir, Seagrove, and Staley, before ending in Snow Camp at the intersection of Pleasant Hill Church Road and Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road.

The route is well marked with directions, also "Share the Road" signs are typical along portions of the North Carolina Highways that overlap with the bicycle route. A few locations along the route, specifically in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, and Stanly counties, can be considered dangerous because of either construction or high traffic volumes along route.[2]

North Carolina Bicycle Route 7[edit]

North Carolina Bicycle Route 7
Location: Wilson-Ocracoke

North Carolina Bicycle Route 7, the Ocracoke Option, connects Bike Route 2 near Wilson 170 miles (270 km) southeast to Ocracoke. The route passes through New Bern and Beaufort and utilizes the Cedar Island Ferry to Ocracoke.[1]

North Carolina Bicycle Route 8[edit]

North Carolina Bicycle Route 8
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains

North Carolina Bicycle Route 8, the Southern Highlands, runs 120 miles (190 km) through the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwestern North Carolina. The east end of the route is Bike Route 6 near Lincolnton.[1]

Sandhills Sector[edit]

The Sandhills Sector route runs 125 miles (201 km) through the Sandhills of central North Carolina. It runs between the Pee Dee River and the Cape Fear River.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "NCDOT: Bike Maps and Routes". Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  2. ^ " - NC State Bike Route 6 - Piedmont Spur". Retrieved 2010-12-31.