Gateway Festival at the Trail

October 10, 2015

10:00am to 3:00pm


Hayride on the Spooky Trail

11:00am to 2:00pm


Hotdog Plate Sale $8 adult, $4 children

Hotdog, bun, baked beans, chip, drink & dessert

Eat in or To Go

See a gateway trail member for tickets

6th Annual Gateway Trail Run, a Big Success

The Gateway Trail 5K/10 Mile and Fun Run on Saturday March 7, 2015 was a wonderful success with 150 participants.  Our largest amount of runners ever!  This was our 6th annual run and what a beautiful sunny day!  Also, this is the first time that there has been a 10 mile run, yea and a great big thanks to all the volunteers and runners!

Please see our Face Book page for photos!

This is the first year that we have had long enough trail to offer a 10 Mile Run.  The Foote trail is almost finished to Galilee Church Road and will be in the very near future.  This is where the 10 Mile Run took place.  The 5K was on the Railtrail, the Plateau, and the Cardio Trail.  The Fun Run was just a short run for kids on the rail loop trail.  All Fun Run folks received a medal and t shirt.  We have beautiful rail spike trophies this year that are being made locally.  Since we have 1/4 of a mile of trail on the old rail bed and since the Gateway is part of "Rails to Trails" for North Carolina, we thought it appropriate to have these new spike trophies made for our winners this year.  Congratulations to all the runners for participating and for all the winners!  Please plan to come back in 2016, same place, lst Saturday in March.  


Check out our new sidewalk!  A big thanks to the City of Kings Mountain for adding a wonderful sidewalk to the front of the trailhead along Battleground Avenue.  This took place in April and May 2015.  Thank you Kings Mountain, we love it!

Trail Sponsors


 Kings Mountain Tourism Development Authority

C&C Scrap Iron & Metal
Cleveland County
Firestone Fibers & Textiles Company
Martin Marietta Aggregates
Neisler Brothers Inc
NTE Carolinas LLC
Southern Power Company
Vicki & Earl Strine


Baldor/Reliance Electric
Dr. & Mrs. Paul Hendricks
Dr. & Mrs. Brett Niblack
James & Marylou Ware
Gene & Dru White

Bank of the Ozarks
Body Junction
Dilling Heating Company
Ronnie & Rita Franks
Larry & Evelyn Hamrick, Sr
Regan & Reba Harper
Edward Jones-H Douglas Satterfield
Kings Mountain Family YMCA
KM Crossfit
Smith Paving
The McRae Company LLC
Warlick & Hamrick Insurance

Mary Adams
Burch Electric Inc. 
Dr. & Mrs. Jerry Eskridge
Grady Howard
Jerry & Jane King
Alan & Patricia Propst
Dr. & Mrs. Martin Stallings


Mission Statement

“Our mission is to improve the quality of life, health and well-being of the citizens of the City of Kings Mountain through the collaborative efforts of local, state and federal agencies as well as local business and industry, by providing natural resource based recreational opportunities.”

Gateway Trail News

National Recreation Trails

In June of 2013 the National Park Service designated the Gateway Trail as a National Recreation Trail, one of 28 in the US. and the only trail in N. C. for 2013...YEA!  To learn more visit

In 2014 we received a FLAP grant that will allow the Gateway Trail to build the next 2 to 3 miles of trail from Galilee Church Road to Crowders Mountain State Park.  This is to start in summer of 2015, very exciting.

We now have almost completed 8 miles of trail to Galilee Church Road.  If you go along Industrial Drive to the gas pipe line building, you can park there and enter the trail, you will see a new metal gate, and walk or ride bikes to Galilee Church Road, 2 miles of almost all flat surface, beautiful and perfect for family biking.

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