Railroad Grade Road Rails to Trail - Fleetwood, North Carolina
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member macleod1
N 36° 17.589 W 081° 32.219
17S E 451782 N 4016597
Located in western North Carolina, the Railroad Grade Road is a paved local access road that is built on a section of the former Virginia-Carolina Railroad (Virginia Creeper). It's a scenic local road along the South Fork of the New River.
Waymark Code: WM48WY
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 07/23/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member IDIFers
Views: 82

This scenic trail goes from Todd to Fleetwood and runs approximately 10 miles on a narrow paved country road.Trail Activities include walking and biking. The south fork of the New River runs parallel to the trail so after biking you can always throw an inner tube in the river and take a peaceful, relaxing float downriver.

A favorite place for a leisurely bicycle ride in north-western North Carolina is a local access highway named Railroad Grade Road that runs between Fleetwood and Todd, a distance of 10 miles. The road, as its name implies, is built on an old railroad grade and is practically flat -- not one hill to climb! It is paved, but too narrow to have a center stripe; in fact, it is so narrow in places that when two cars meet one has to pull halfway off the road.

This road goes through a valley right by the South Fork of the New River, which has been declared the first of the nation's American Heritage Rivers. Someone once said when they rode this road the first time they thought it is the most beautiful place they had ever seen.

As usual, the world has found this area. We understand that a petition has been given to the state to widen the road, which will (in our opinion) ruin it as a good bicycling road. As it is now if you ride during the week, and particularly during months that are not prime vacation months, you will seldom see a car.

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Country: USA

State/Province/etc.: North Carolina

Trail Start (town): Todd

Trail Finish (town): Fleetwood

Trail Length: 10

Trail Surface: Paved

Pack Animals Allowed: yes

Fees: no

Internet Link(s):
http://www.traillink.com/ViewTrail.aspx?AcctID=6032294 http://www.great-trails.com/todd.shtml

Rail-to-Trail Sign: Not listed

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