Before You Go:
This is, other than the bridge to nowhere further north, the only section of the Progress Energy Trail. I have read that there is finally some news on extending the trail, there is budgeting for extending the trail to the north in the 2014 budget.
There is no shade along the trail proper. There is shade at the beginning of the trail that is part of the Ream Wilson Trail. Sunscreen and sunglasses are highly recommended during the afternoon hours.
The starting point of this trail is the same point I started on the Ream Wilson Trail. The link to the post is Ream Wilson Trail Recap.
This loop is only 7.18 miles. Five miles of the trail is comprised of the Progress Energy Trail. It is about 1.1 miles from the Long Center to the intersection with the Progress Energy trail.
The trailbed is in decent shape. It is nice that they didn’t make the trail arrow straight but, rather, built some curves into the design.
The trail, being so short, can be turned into a longer ride by adding the Ream Wilson Trail (link is above).
- There are facilities at Long Center at the start of the trail.
- The length of the trail; too short.
- There are some very busy streets to cross. Mainly the crossing at Highway 60. Be careful!
- The curves built into the design.
- Easy access to the Ream Wilson Trail.
- The electrical easement is wide enough that there are opportunities to view minor wildlife along the trail.