Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Wilmington Riverwalk recognized among national media’s 10Best

The downtown Wilmington riverwalk at Riverfront Park. (Port City Daily/Alexandria Sands Williams)

WILMINGTON — USA TODAY has its 10Best contest running nationwide in categories ranging from Best Recreational Trail to Best Wine Tasting Room. Wilmington competed against 10 other cities for Best Riverwalk in 2022 and has placed third on the poll.

USA TODAY readers voted on the distinction, with selections initially chosen by travel experts. The winner was Detroit International RiverWalk in Michigan, with second place going to Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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It’s the second year Detroit has secured the top honor. Cincinatti knocked Wilmington down a notch from its 2021 second place.

USA TODAY noted the Port City’s two miles of scenic walkway is appealing because it is “home to a colorful Riverwalk lined with more than 200 cafes, bars and shops.” It also cites the USS North Carolina on the western banks a standout river attraction and the annual Riverfest held in October, featuring a “mock pirate invasion and a standup paddle race.”

The Riverwalk stretches from Nunn Street on the south side of downtown to the Isabella Holmes Bridge. Council members approved a feasibility study last month to see if extending the Riverwalk underneath the bridge through wetlands to connect to the northern part of the Cape Fear is possible. Its design includes offshoot pathways to reach other areas of downtown too. 

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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