Once again, the ladies of Crescent Trekkers and Scrabblers went out to play this game. In the past we've taken to the Road and a Trail. This time we took to the Rails.
Welcome to the Norfolk Southern Railroad Trail!
The Rails to Trails Conservancy website states that they are committed to creating "a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people." http://www.railstotrails.org/index.html
Gaston County has a long section of old railroad paths from Dallas to Broad Street and Rt. 7 in Gastonia. Sections of this trail are paved, sections are dirt trails, and sections are overgrown and not walking friendly.
Portions of this rails trail is part of the Carolina Thread Trail http://www.carolinathreadtrail.org/local-connections/gaston-county-nc/
This can be reached via road or trail.
You must walk or bike on the trails. "No motorized vehicles allowed."