Walking Trails

Walking just 30 minutes a day can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, improve blood pressure and sugar levels, reduce the risk of certain cancers and improve your health in many more ways.  New Hanover County & City of Wilmington offer some of the best places to take a walk so you not only can get active, you can enjoy the benefits of being outdoors, too!

County Parks City Parks
Hugh MacRae Park- 1.55-mile paved trail Gary Shell Cross-City Trail- 15-mile primarily off-road trail
Hugh MacRae Nature Trail- 1-mile nature trail Greenfield Lake- 4.5-mile paved trail
Monterey Heights Park- 0.3-mile paved trail Halyburton Park- 1.3-mile paved trail
Ogden Park- 1-mile paved trail Maides Park- 0.5-mile paved trail
Pages Creek Park Preserve- 1-mile nature trail Military Cutoff Bike Path- 2-mile paved trail
Parkwood Park- 0.5-mile paved trail Riverwalk- 1.5-mile boardwalk
Smith Creek Park- 1.3-mile paved trail Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden at Piney Ridge Nature Preserve- 0.25-mile path
Smith Creek Park Preserve- 1-mile nature trail Wade Park- 0.5-mile paved trail
Summer Rest Trail- 0.7-mile paved trail
Veterans Park- 0.5-mile paved trail


Parks & Gardens combines walking with education to make exercise more fun for the kids!  Check out these cool trails:

  • Kids in Parks TRACK Trail- Smith Creek Park
    An outdoor adventure using informational brochures to learn about nature while walking around the park.
  • StoryWalk®- NHC Arboretum, Hugh MacRae Park, Library Story Park & Smith Creek Park
    Story book pages located along walking trails that families can read and interact with while getting their exercise.
230 Government Center Drive, Suite 120 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7620 • Fax 910-798-7621