Goat Island Greenway is a wide, paved footpath that runs through the heart of Goat Island. It starts at the 8th Ave. entrance to the island, traverses an impressive bridge over the South Fork Catawba River and winds through the island, across another bridge and into the adjacent neighborhood. The 0.7 mi. (one way) trail is good for walking, biking, skating, scooting and strollers.
Cotton Candy Factory in downtown Belmont -- worth a stop on the way back home.
The main entrance to Goat Island is located at 142 8th Ave., Cramerton, NC, 28032. There's a free municipal parking lot across the street from the park bridge. This is also where you'll find the bathrooms. Using this entrance will put you directly at the playground once you cross the bridge.
There's another entrance on the opposite side of the island located at 305 Greenwood Pl., Belmont NC, 28012. There's plenty of parking here as well. And porta-potties.
Don't forget to take:
- Water and snacks or a picnic lunch: There's enough to do here to plan on spending a while playing and exploring.
- Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses: The trails are partially covered, but the playgrounds are wide open.
- Bikes and helmets, bean bags, ping pong paddles and balls, Frisbees, etc. . . Take your pick of games and come equipped to play them.