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Capital Area Greenway Trail System

Last updated May 23, 2016 - 8:40 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

View Greenway Repairs & Closures

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.

May is Bike Month!

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling while encouraging people to give biking a try. Here in Raleigh, The BikeRaleigh Program encourages biking through on-road facility design, cycling safety and education promotion, and encouragement events. Among the many events planned locally for Bike Month is Bike to Work Day, which will occur on Friday, May 20th, 2016. Although many cyclists will choose on-road facilities to participate in this event, many others will utilize the Capital Area Greenway System. Be sure to participate in bike month events but also be aware that a higher number of cyclists may be using the greenway trails during the month of May. For more information of Bike to Work Day and other bike month events, please visit the BikeRaleigh webpage.

NC State Course Studies Capital Area Greenway System

The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is collaborating with North Carolina State University Professor George Hess’ Natural Resources Measurements class (NR300) to quantify human and wildlife use of the Capital Area Greenway System (CAG). This will be accomplished utilizing motion triggered cameras set along the greenways. Additional data will be collected through paper surveys, an online survey and a call-out survey. In addition to user counts and wildlife inventory, the team will examine correlations among human and wildlife use and a variety of factors, including vegetation, population and housing density, distance to access points, and local connectivity of the CAG system. This effort is being conducted within NC State's Spring 2016 semester. For questions regarding this project, please e-mail parkplan@raleighnc.gov.

Wake County Greenway System Plan is Underway

Wake County has kicked-off their Greenway System Plan process. The Wake County Greenway System Plan will provide a framework for local governments and project partners to establish a comprehensive network of greenways. ​The goal of the Wake County Greenway System Plan is to put into place a clear guideline and plan that will be used for future greenway trail planning and development. The City of Raleigh is a project stakeholder and is on the steering committee.

Please visit the project page for additional information and opportunities for feedback. Want to provide input for where would you like to see new trail connections? What would make your experience better when using trails? Please take the survey - it only takes a few minutes!

Wake County Greenway Survey

Capital Area Greenway Planning and Design Guide

The Capital Area Greenway Planning and Design Guide was adopted by City Council on January 6, 2015.  The final document is available for download below.  

The new guide incorporates existing City procedures with the standards and best practices of public agencies and municipalities nationwide. The document supplements the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource Department’s (Parks) System Plan unanimously adopted by Council on May 6, 2014. It is designed to ensure that the Capital Area Greenway System continues to be a safe and accessible multi-use trail system providing recreation and transportation opportunities, while preserving thousands of acres of natural areas.

Raleigh Parks’ staff received significant public input during the development of the plan. Staff worked in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Board’s Greenway and Urban Trees Committee and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission’s Joint Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee to develop and review the document.

The document will be reviewed regularly and updated to meet new needs and priorities generated by the area’s growth, changing demographics and shifts in development patterns. 

Download the revised draft of Capital Area Greenway Planning and Design Guide

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 NameMileageDistance
Abbotts Creek
2.9Follows Abbotts Creek from the Neuse River Trail to Simms Branch Trail near the intersection of Durant Rd and Cub Trl.
Baileywick
0.6Connects from Strickland Rd to Baileywick Rd by passing through Baileywick Park.
Beaver Dam
0.8A natural surface trail located adjacent to Beaver Dam Creek between Wade Ave and Devonshire Dr that passes through Windemere Beaver Dam Park.
Birch Ridge Connector0.3A wide sidewalk that connects Poole Rd to the Walnut Creek Softball Complex (Walnut Creek North Park).
Centennial Bikeway Connector2.3A multi-purpose path adjacent to Centennial Pkwy on the NC State University Centennial Campus and on the south side of Western Blvd.
Crabtree Creek
14.6Follows Crabtree Creek northwest from the Neuse River Trail beginning at Anderson Point Park to Lindsay Dr.
East Fork
Mine Creek
2.5Follows East Fork Mine Creek upstream from the confluence of Mine Creek to the north side of Strickland Rd.
Edwards Mill Connector1.3A multi-purpose path along Edwards Mill Rd from Trinity Rd to Reedy Creek Rd.
Gardner Street
0.7A natural surface trail that connects Jaycee Park to Isabella Cannon Park.
Hare Snipe Creek
2.3Follows Hare Snipe Creek from Wooten Meadow Park to Lake Lynn Park.
Honeycutt Creek3.8Follows Honeycutt Creek from Raven Ridge Rd to Strickland Rd. The trail section from Raven Ridge Rd to Durant Rd is unpaved and limited to foot traffic only. Also, be aware that seasonal bow hunting occurs on this property. Orange vests will be provided for use during these times.
House Creek
2.8Follows 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 Loop2.8A loop trail around the east side of Lake Johnson.
Lake Johnson West Loop2.1A loop trail around the west side of Lake Johnson.
Lake Lynn Loop1.9A loop trail around Lake Lynn.
Little Rock
1.6Follows Little Rock Creek from the Walnut Creek Wetland Center to downtown.
Marsh Creek
0.3Follows Marsh Creek through Brentwood Park between Glenraven Dr and Ingram Dr.
Martin Street Connector0.4A sidewalk connection between Little Rock Trail at Chavis Way to downtown.
Mine Creek
4.1Follows Mine Creek north from the confluence with Crabtree Creek to Sawmill Rd.
Neuse River
27.5Follows the Neuse River south from Falls Lake Dam to Wake/Johnston County Line.
Reedy Creek
5.0Follows Reedy Creek Rd from Umstead State Park to the North Carolina Museum of Art and Meredith College Campus.
Richland Creek
3.1Follows Richland Creek from the PNC Arena through Schenck Forest to Umstead State Park.
Rocky Branch
3.8Follows Rocky Branch from the intersection with Walnut Creek Trail to Reedy Creek Trail on the campus of Meredith College.
Shelley Lake Loop2.1A loop trail around Shelley Lake.
Simms Branch
1.7Follows Simms Branch from the intersection with Abbotts Creek Trail on Cub Trl to Durant Nature Preserve.
Snelling Branch
0.8Follows Snelling Branch from Mine Creek Trail at Shelley Lake to Optimist Park.
Spring Forest
0.4A multi-purpose path adjacent to Triangle Town Blvd from Old Wake Forest Rd to Sumner Blvd.
Wakefield
1.4Follows the power line from Falls of Neuse Rd to Dunard St. Trail is unpaved from London Bell Dr to Dunard St.
Walnut Creek
15.6Follows Walnut Creek northwest through southeast Raleigh from the Neuse River Trail to Lake Johnson

Adopt-A-Trail

Interactive Adoption Trail Map

The Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Adopt-A-Trail program provides a volunteer opportunity for interested individuals, businesses and groups to participate in trail cleanup and support the Capital Area Greenway System. The citizen volunteer agrees to maintain the greenway trail quarterly for at least one year. The citizen volunteer must sign an Adopt-A-Trail Agreement and submit quarterly reports to Parks staff.

Volunteers can adopt any available trail segment by viewing our interactive map. Trail segment adoptions are limited to one per citizen volunteer or volunteer group and are on a first come, first serve basis.

Learn more about Adopt-A-Trail

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 Raleigh GIS Data. 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 114-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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