NCDOT gives positive review of Columbia’s walking, biking trails

Published 1:57 pm Friday, September 30, 2016


(A recent, widely distributed N.C. Transportation brochure and map describe Columbia’s bicycling and walking trails in positive terms. The text is printed below.)

Welcome to Columbia. Columbia is a small historic town with a quaint waterfront along the Scuppernong River. The vast natural areas surrounding the town are home to bald eagles, peregrine falcons, red wolves, bobcats, and host to more than 100 migratory bird species. Columbia’s proximity to the Outer Banks makes it a perfect stop for tourists along the way. Visit tree-lined streets, shops, cafes, restaurants, historic buildings, scenic boardwalks, and parks on the river. All can be reached by a short walk or bicycle ride along the routes featured on this map.

Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk, 0.6 mile loop. This route takes you through beautiful cypress trees along a scenic waterfront trail. This boardwalk is the first National Recreational Trail in the state, winding three-fourths of a mile through pristine cypress swamp. The boardwalk is part of the Walter B. Jones Center for the Sound, which is operated by Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge and the Partnership for the Sounds. Be sure to stop in the center to see educational exhibits and learn about the unique natural environment along the boardwalk. End or extend your walk by continuing on to the Town Dock and Boardwalk, which connects under the bridge. This boardwalk does not allow bicycling, but does offer opportunities for fishing, wildlife observation, birdwatching, canoeing, and kayaking.

Historic Downtown Walking and Bicycling Route, 1.0 mile loop. See 20 historic sites on this short and easy route through town. Be sure to visit the local businesses along the way. This route takes you through the historic heart of Columbia, featuring buildings dating from the 19th century to World War II. Refer to the Columbia on the Suppernong Walking Tour brochure (available at Town Hall), which features detailed descriptions of 20 historic sites throughout town. These sites are also marked on this map for reference. Some parts of this route are on streets without sidewalks, so be aware of automobile traffic. Bicyclists also share the road with cars on this route, so be sure to ride safety as you admire historic sites along the way, and consider walking your bike for the portions along US 64.

County Courthouse to Veteran’s Park, 0.75 mile, one way. Visit memorials honoring those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and relax at a waterside park. Start at the Tyrrell County Courthouse, and visit memorials honoring the legacy of service by county citizens in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. From the courthouse walk towards the river and over the bridge to Veteran’s Park. All branches of service are represented by flags along the bridge, which has great views of the Columbia waterfront. Take the walkway from the bridge down to Veteran’s Park, and enjoy the river views from the picnic tables, gazebo and fishing piers. Take care in walking over the bridge, as there is only a curb separating the sidewalk from the highway. Bicycling is not recommended for this route.