Neuse River Trail - Riverbend

Last updated Feb. 27, 2015 - 1:51 pm
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Greenway
  • The anticipated cost for this section of the Neuse River Trail is $1.2 million.
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (Lead)
  • Stewart Engineering (Prime Consultant)
  • Environmental Services, Inc. (Natural Systems Investigation)
  • S&ME (Geotechnical Investigations)
  • URS Corporation (Traffic Engineering)
  • Sungate Design Group (Hydraulics)

Current Activity

The Raleigh City Council voted unanimously on Jan. 7 to approve a contract with Fred Smith Company II, LLC for construction of the Horseshoe Bend section of the Neuse River Greenway Trail. The contract totals $819,950. Construction on the project will begin in Spring of 2014 and should be completed by late Fall 2014.


The Riverbend section of the Neuse River Trail will extend from the existing Upper Neuse Trail at the WRAL soccer complex off of Perry Creek Road to the bridge east of Horseshoe Farm Park, approximately 0.8 mile in length.


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
Spring 2014Construction Begins
Late November 2014Anticipated Completion


The Neuse River is the central spine of the Capital Area Greenway, which was first adopted by the City Council in 1976. In 1996, the City completed the Neuse River Regional Park Master Plan, which is a more detailed evaluation and plan for the protection and recreation development of the Neuse River as a regional linear park.

The major recommendations of the Neuse River Master Plan include:

  • The preservation of the full floodplain width along the river corridor;
  • The development of a trail system along the corridor with an asphalt trail extending along the entire length of the river in Wake County.
  • The development of adjoining upland park areas at a spacing of 2 to 3 miles to provide varied recreation opportunities and access points to the river and trail.

Since the adoption of the Neuse River Regional Park Master Plan in 1996, the City has acquired an interest in over 2,000 acres of land for park or greenway use along the Neuse River. This includes parcels in nine separate areas for use as upland park sites.

In 2007, residents of Raleigh overwhelmingly approved a Parks and Recreation Bond referendum that included $13 million for the development of the Neuse River Trail. The trail is approximately 28 miles long and extends from Falls Lake Dam to the Wake/Johnston County line. The estimated cost of this entire project is $30 million. Wake County has agreed to contribute the funds necessary to complete the segment of the trail between the County line and Poole Road.

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