Wilmington Downtown Trail Phases 2 and 3 Feasibility Study

The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) is partnering with the North Carolina Department of Transportation Integrated Mobility Division (NCDOT IMD) to conduct a feasibility study for Phases 2 and Phase 3 of the Wilmington Downtown Trail. The purpose of this study is to provide a recommended alternative for the corridor. 

The trail is part of a larger trail project. Phase 1 is currently in design and connects from 3rd Street to the Love Grove Bridge, with the first 0.5-mile of the trail corridor running along the former Atlantic Coast Railway and the future site of the Wilmington Rail Trail. Phase 2 connects from Archie Blue Park to Market Street (via the Love Grove Bridge or a new bridge), and Phase 3 connects from Market Street to Forest Hills Drive. 

Later in 2023, the preliminary Phase 1 project documents will be available for public review, online input, and in-person input at a public meeting (date yet to be determined). Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to the milestone.  

Project Library

Materials will be uploaded here as they become available. 

Public Meetings

Nir Family YMCA – December 5th, 2023, from 4 PM to 6 PM. 2710 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28403.

Frankie’s Outdoor Market – December 9th, 2023, from 11AM to 1 PM. 1019 Princess St, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Online Survey

We are seeking input to inform the existing conditions of the Wilmington Downtown Trail Feasibility Study from November 28th to December 28th! Click on the survey image or here to take the survey. 

This plan is focused on providing a recommended alternative for Phases 2 and 3 of the trail that will connect Archie Blue Park to Forest Hills Drive. It is part of the larger Wilmington Downtown Trail, with Phase 1 currently in design.

Please note key issues and opportunities you encounter when along this corridor, whether that is when walking, rolling, or bicycling.

Thank you for your input! We greatly appreciate your feedback.


Round 1 of public outreach for the development of the Wilmington Downtown Trail Trail Feasibility Study will take place in December 2023. Members of the public can provide input through an online survey or attend public meetings to provide feedback.  

The WMPO is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities. To request accommodation, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance at 910-341-3258 or wmpo@wilmingtonnc.gov.