Wilmington, NC

Riverwalk and Historic District

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A lovely run and a way to explore Wilmington is to enjoy a jaunt along the Riverwalk and then the residential side streets of the city’s Historic District. The Riverwalk spans for 2 miles along the Cape Fear River, between the Isabel Holmes Bridge to the north and Nun St, in the south, near the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. There are views of the river and a festive feel along the whole way of the wood-surfaced boardwalk. Bonus: Lit at night!

After running its 2-mile span, we suggest taking one of the streets inland from the River (Nun, Ann, Market, Princess), and then creating your own route along the streets in the Historic District. It’s good to start up Market St., where it gets especially nice east of 5th St. Run to about 10th St., and then head south, enjoying some of the pleasant residential streets south of Market (5th St.-8th St. are especially nice). For the return, Front St. is lined with stores and restaurants.

Distance can vary. The Riverwalk is 2 miles, and then you could easily add 4-5 miles in the downtown historic district. Use our mapped route as a guideline.

Essentials
  • Riverwalk: 2 miles (3.2 km) one-way; Historic district adds 2-4 more miles
  • Anywhere along Riverwalk or central downtown