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Freedom Roads


Freedom Roads is a statewide trail system designed to:

  • Recognize the roads, rivers and ports in North Carolina that were crucial to the efforts of enslaved African Americans seeking freedom.
  • Recognize those freedom seekers whose stories testify to the indomitable spirit found in thousands who strove to be free.
  • Recognize those groups and individuals who supported and assisted the efforts of freedom seekers.
  • Highlight the story of freedom seeking via other avenues of liberation created during the Civil War.

Freedom Roads Sites include designations in the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom (NTF) Underground Railroad program, as well as other sites and routes recognized by historians and/or archaeologists as significant to African American freedom seeking.

Freedom Roads Sites

Explore Freedom Roads Sites across North Carolina. 


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