In Franklinville, North Carolina, the newly established Deep River Rail Trail runs along an abandoned railroad bed that borders the Deep River. The trail will eventually extend along the river for four miles. This trail runs adjacent to the Deep River State Trail (i.e., Deep River), a new unit of the North Carolina state parks system. The level ground and wide corridor created by the old railroad bed makes the trail convenient for a variety of recreational activities—including biking, jogging or fishing on the river’s edge. Wildlife, such as turtles and herrings, can be seen frequently throughout the year. The trail is rich with textile history, and includes some sites that have been linked to Native Americans, as well as the Revolutionary War. The entire Deep River State Trail corridor is now in part a paddle trail and runs through Guildford, Randolph, Chatham, Moore and Lee counties.

Come explore the beautiful scenery and priceless history on the Deep River!