Capital Area Greenway Trail System
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 closed network of interconnected trails.
To learn more about our current greenway projects, visit our projects page.
The Parks and Recreation 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 Parks and Recreation facilities. This map is available at no cost and is available at community centers, the Parks and Recreation Department Administrative office located on the sixth floor of the Raleigh Municpal Building, by email, or calling 919-996-4776.
The winning proposal from CityCamp Raleigh 2012 was a mobile application focused on the Capital Area Greenway System. The application, RGreenway, 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 application is available for mobile devices running the Android and iOS operating systems.
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
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.