Neuse River Greenway Trail
27.5 miles of paved trail
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.
- 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
A section of the Neuse River Greenway Trail near Horseshoe Farm Park is still under construction.
Falls Lake Dam to Horseshoe Farm Park
- 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
- 12088 Falls of Neuse Rd - Lot
- 3324 Falls River Ave - Lot
- 10888 Bedfordtown Dr - Lot
- 6100 Thornton Rd - Lot
- 5956 Myakka Ct - Street
- 2928 Horseshoe Farm Rd - Lot
Horseshoe Farm Park to Buffaloe Road Athletic Park
Buffaloe Road Athletic Park to Milburnie Dam
Milburnie Dam to Anderson Point Park
Anderson Point Park to Auburn Knightdale Road
Auburn Knightdale Road to County Line
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.