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Neuse River Greenway Trail

27.5 miles of paved trail

Last updated Aug. 11, 2014 - 11:24 am
Greenway entrance from Allen Drive parking near Milburnie Dam
Greenway entrance from Allen Drive parking near Milburnie Dam
 
7 bridges over the Neuse River including 2 suspension bridges
7 bridges over the Neuse River including 2 suspension bridges
 
Agricultural Setting
Agricultural Setting
 
Scenic views of Neuse River
Scenic views of Neuse River
 
Paved Trails
Paved Trails
 

The Neuse River Greenway Trail offers scenic views of the Neuse River, winding boardwalk areas through wetlands, historical sights, interpretive signs, and agricultural fields. In addition to being part of the City's Capital Area Greenway System, it is a segment of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, which is a long distance trail that runs across North Carolina from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks.

Features

  • Canoeing, kayaking and fishing opportunities
  • Connects to Abbots Creek Trail, Buffalo Road Aquatic Park, Anderson Point Park, Milburnie Dam
  • Jurisdictional connections to Wake Forest, Knightdale and Johnston County

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Under Construction

Incomplete Trail Section

A section of the Neuse River Greenway Trail near Horseshoe Farm Park is still under construction.

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Falls Lake Dam to Horseshoe Farm Park

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Description

  • Follows the Neuse River south from Falls Lake Dam
  • 2.8 miles to Abbotts Creek Trail connection
  • 4.6 miles to bridge to Wake Forest
  • 6.5 miles to WRAL Soccer Center
  • 7.8 miles to Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve

* Distance assumes start point at Falls Lake Dam

Parking

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Horseshoe Farm Park to Buffaloe Road Athletic Park

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Description

  • 11.2 miles to Buffaloe Road Athletic Park

* Distance assumes start point at Falls Lake Dam

Parking

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Buffaloe Road Athletic Park to Milburnie Dam

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Description

  • 14.9 miles to Milburnie Park and Dam

* Distance assumes start point at Falls Lake Dam

Parking

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Milburnie Dam to Anderson Point Park

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Description

  • 16.7 miles to bridge to Knightdale
  • 17.0 miles to Anderson Point Park

* Distance assumes start point at Falls Lake Dam

Parking

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Anderson Point Park to Auburn Knightdale Road

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Description

  • 17.3 miles to Crabtree Creek Trail
  • 19 miles to Walnut Creek Trail
  • 22 miles to Auburn Knightdale Road

* Distance assumes start point at Falls Lake Dam

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Auburn Knightdale Road to County Line

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Description

  • 27.5 miles to Wake/Johnston County Line

* Distance assumes start point at Falls Lake Dam

Parking

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History and Background

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

The major recommendations of the Neuse River Plan include:

  • The preservation of the full width of the floodplain along the Neuse River;
  • The development of a trail system within the corridor with one asphalt trail extending the entire length;
  • The development of adjoining upland park areas at a spacing of 2 to 3 miles to provide various 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 river. This includes nine parcels of land that have been acquired for future parks along the corridor.

In 2003, the residents of Raleigh overwhelmingly approved a Parks and Recreation Bond Referendum that included $1.474 million for the development of the Upper Neuse Trail. In addition to the City's funding, Federal Enhancement funds in the amount of $893,000 and American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funds in the amount of $3.25 million were secured by the City.

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