What: Nature Walk
Distance: 0.6 miles (1.2 out and back)
Where: Ramseur, NC
Parking: 35.733045, -79.670452
The Deep River Rail Trail is an on-going project along the Deep River State Trail with the ultimate goal of a gently rolling walking and biking path along the abandoned right-of-way of railroad tracks near Deep River. The trail is one day expected to connect the head waters of Deep River in Guilford County, through Randolph, Chatham and Moore counties.
Short broken sections of the trail are all that exist as of now as towns receive grants for short sections of the trail. There is also a Franklinville section of this trail, just a few miles by car, but currently the two sections do not connect.
The Ramseur section of the Deep River Rail trail begins at the old Wildlife Resource Commission boat launch on highway 64, just west of the town limits Ramseur. The entrance shares a driveway with the business Tower Components. A small sign will assure you that you are in the right place.
Parking is very limited at the bottom of the hill. With the gate closed (which it has been every time I have been) there is enough room for 2 cars max. I’d recommend parking at the top of the hill near the sign (pictured above).
The trail itself is plenty wide (remember, it is an old railroad grade) and gravel screening has been applied. The trail is stroller or bike friendly.
The trail doesn’t get much closer than about 150 feet to Deep River, unlike the Franklinville section of the trail.