Colonial Tarboro Historic Trail

Type: Urban Trail
Length: 1.97 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? $2.00
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Historic District of Tarboro, NC. Just over one hour east of the State Capitol of Raleigh on U.S. 64; just 20 miles east of I-95 beyond Rocky Mount and along the States main artery to the Outer banks and Cape Hatteras National Seashore
State(s): North Carolina
Counties: Edgecombe County
Latitude: 35.898342
: -77.53535

On U.S. 64 approximately 20 miles east of I-95 beyond Rocky Mount, N.C.


Founded as a Colonial town in 1760, Tarboro is one of North Carolina's oldest communities, and contains one of the states largest historic districts. The multi-block National Register Historic District contains significant residential, church, and commercial architecture, including late 18th century, early to mid 19th century antebellum and gothic structures and an outstanding collection of Victorian homes, cottages and bungalows. It was one of the National Trust's first Downtown Main Street communities. Tarboro also retains it unique and beautiful Town Common, created as part of the original Town plan in 1760, and considered one of the best-preserved urban open spaces in the U.S. The trail is designated for walking, biking, or driving. There is also an extensive paddle trail on the Tar River with boat access ramps at the N.C. 33 bridge on the north end of town and at the Riverfront Common at Main Street in Downtown Tarboro.

Additional Details

Width: 48 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 40
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1979

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Carol Banks
Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council
130 Bridgers St.
Tarboro , NC 27886
(252) 823-4159



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