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Capital Area Greenway Trail System

Last updated Nov. 21, 2014 - 11:57 am
  • View along 1 of the 28 system trails
  • Neuse River Trail bridge
  • Boardwalk through wetlands

The Capital Area Greenway System is a network of public open spaces and recreational trails which provides for activities such as walking, jogging, hiking, bird watching, nature study, fishing, picnicking and outdoor fun. The trails connect many of Raleigh's parks and in many cases provide a complement to the recreational activities at the parks. Many of the city's major ecological features can be experienced in their natural state along the Greenway. A major goal of the Greenway Program is to establish a completed network of interconnected trails throughout the city.

To learn more about our current greenway projects, visit our projects page.

Maintenance & Repairs

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All of the Greenways and parks are yours to use and enjoy, so please help us to keep them safe and in good condition. If you see something needing repair or correction, please contact the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department maintenance office at 919-996-4115, by email or report it on SeeClickFix.

Capital Area Greenway Planning and Design Guide

Capital Area Greenway Planning and Design Guide

To ensure the Capital Area Greenway System continues to serve as a highly functional multi-user trail network for recreation and transportation, as well as to protect and enhance the area's natural resources, a set of guidelines has been developed.

We have just completed a series of four meetings with the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board's Greenway and Urban Trees Committee and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission's Joint Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Committee. The input received from these two committees has resulted in a more refined document which reflects the needs of the community. The revised document draft can be downloaded below. Additionally, please visit YourParksYourFuture.Com to review the draft document as well as to enter comments online.

Staff will be presenting this document to the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board on November 20th at 6:00 at 222 W. Hargett Street.

Download the revised draft of this document

Trail System Map

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department periodically produces a map of the Capital Area Greenway System. The Capital Area Greenway System Map shows existing and planned trails, parking areas with trail access, as well as select City facilities. This map is available at no cost and is available at community centers, our Administrative office located on the 6th of the Raleigh Municipal Building, by email or by calling 919-996-3285.

Download Map

Trails

The Capital Area Greenway system has over 100 miles of trails you are invited to explore. There are 28 individual trails that make up the trail system, each with its own unique features, destinations, and character. We are working to create individual pages for the trails with maps, information, parking locations and information.

Trail Name Mileage Distance
Abbotts Creek
2.9 Follows Abbotts Creek from the Neuse River Trail to Simms Branch Trail near the intersection of Durant Rd and Cub Trl.
Baileywick
0.6 Connects from Strickland Rd to Baileywick Rd by passing through Baileywick Park.
Beaver Dam
0.8 A natural surface trail located adjacent to Beaver Dam Creek between Wade Ave and Devonshire Dr that passes through Windemere Beaver Dam Park.
Birch Ridge Connector 0.3 A wide sidewalk that connects Poole Rd to the Walnut Creek Softball Complex (Walnut Creek North Park).
Centennial Bikeway Connector 2.3 A multi-purpose path adjacent to Centennial Pkwy on the NC State University Centennial Campus and on the south side of Western Blvd.
Crabtree Creek
14.6 Follows Crabtree Creek northwest from the Neuse River Trail beginning at Anderson Point Park to Lindsay Dr.
East Fork
Mine Creek
2.5 Follows East Fork Mine Creek upstream from the confluence of Mine Creek to the north side of Strickland Rd.
Edwards Mill Connector 1.3 A multi-purpose path along Edwards Mill Rd from Trinity Rd to Reedy Creek Rd.
Gardner Street
0.7 A natural surface trail that connects Jaycee Park to Isabella Cannon Park.
Hare Snipe Creek
2.3 Follows Hare Snipe Creek from Wooten Meadow Park to Lake Lynn Park.
Honeycutt Creek
3.8 Follows Honeycutt Creek from Raven Ridge Rd to the Bent Tree subdivision to Strickland Rd.
House Creek
2.8 Follows House Creek along the I-440 beltline between the Crabtree Creek Trail at Crabtree Valley Mall and Reedy Creek Trail at Wade Ave.
Lake Johnson East Loop 2.8 A loop trail around the east side of Lake Johnson.
Lake Johnson West Loop 2.1 A loop trail around the west side of Lake Johnson.
Lake Lynn Loop 1.9 A loop trail around Lake Lynn.
Little Rock
1.6 Follows Little Rock Creek from the Walnut Creek Wetland Center to downtown.
Marsh Creek
0.3 Follows Marsh Creek through Brentwood Park between Glenraven Dr and Ingram Dr.
Martin Street Connector 0.4 A sidewalk connection between Little Rock Trail at Chavis Way to downtown.
Mine Creek
4.1 Follows Mine Creek north from the confluence with Crabtree Creek to Sawmill Rd.
Neuse River
27.5 Follows the Neuse River south from Falls Lake Dam to Wake/Johnston County Line.
Reedy Creek
5.0 Follows Reedy Creek Rd from Umstead State Park to the North Carolina Museum of Art and Meredith College Campus.
Richland Creek
3.1 Follows Richland Creek from the PNC Arena through Schenck Forest to Umstead State Park.
Rocky Branch
3.8 Follows Rocky Branch from the intersection with Walnut Creek Trail to Reedy Creek Trail on the campus of Meredith College.
Shelley Lake Loop 2.1 A loop trail around Shelley Lake.
Simms Branch
1.7 Follows Simms Branch from the intersection with Abbotts Creek Trail on Cub Trl to Durant Nature Preserve.
Snelling Branch
0.8 Follows Snelling Branch from Mine Creek Trail at Shelley Lake to Optimist Park.
Spring Forest
0.4 A multi-purpose path adjacent to Triangle Town Blvd from Old Wake Forest Rd to Sumner Blvd.
Wakefield
1.4 Follows the power line from Falls of Neuse Rd to Dunard St. Trail is unpaved from London Bell Dr to Dunard St.
Walnut Creek
15.6 Follows Walnut Creek northwest through southeast Raleigh from the Neuse River Trail to Lake Johnson

RGreenway App

RGreenway app

RGreenway, a CityCamp 2012 winner, is an interactive map of greenway trails with additional features such as weather reports, submitting issues via SeeClickFix, and the ability to track time and distance travelled.

The application is not a product of the City of Raleigh. It was created by the RGreenway team and was built using open data available through the official Raleigh Geoportal. The free application is available for mobile devices running the Android and iOS operating systems.

Learn more about RGreenway App

Rules and Safety

  • Obey posted rules and regulations
  • Trail hours are from dawn to dusk
  • Speed limit on trails is 10 mph
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited on greenways
  • Fires are prohibited on greenways
  • It is prohibited to remove, destroy, or damage any plant life or property
  • Pets must be on a leash no greater than 6 feet
  • Owners must remove pet waste
  • It is prohibited to kill, trap, or harm wildlife
  • Swimming in City lakes is prohibited
  • Horses are prohibited on trails
  • All trail users under the age of 16 are required to wear a safety helmet when using a bike, skates, scooters or any other non-motorized vehicle
  • Smoking is prohibited in City parks and greenways
  • Weapons prohibited except those permitted in NCGS 14-415.23 (RCC Sec. 9-2021)
  • Camping is prohibited in City parks and greenways
  • Bicyclists, skaters, and skateboarders should approach pedestrians cautiously and pass on the left
  • All users, including pets, should remain on the right side of the trail except when passing
  • Bicyclists, skaters, and skateboarders must always yield the right of way to pedestrians
  • Patrons should be aware of their surroundings on the trail
  • The use of headphones is discouraged
  • Patrons are encouraged to walk or jog with a companion
  • Hide your belongings, lock your car, and take your keys

History

The Capital Area Greenway System became a reality in March 1974 after citizens became concerned over rapid growth and urbanization. The City of Raleigh responded with the Greenway master plan which permitted urban development while preserving Raleigh's characteristic natural beauty. The idea has developed into a 100-mile, 3700-acre system and continues to grow. A major goal of the Greenway Program is to establish a closed network of interconnected trails.

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