Crabtree Creek West Trail

Last updated Oct. 06, 2017 - 11:23 am
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Greenway
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (Lead)
  • Stewart Engineering
  • Ecological Engineering, LLP
  • Ramey Kemp & Associates

Current Activity

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, City Council approved the project alignment and parking locations. The approved alignment and parking locations can be found under Maps & Plans.


Construction is anticipated to begin in fall of 2018 and will take approximately 12 to 14 months to complete.

Public Participation

Public participation for this project took place between November 2015 and March 2016. Two public meetings were held where community members were invited to review plans, ask questions and provide comments. The project's proposed alignment and parking locations were also presented to the Parks, Recreation and Greenways Advisory Board (PRGAB) where members of the public were able to express questions, concerns and support for and about the project recommendations.


Crabtree Creek West is the remaining trail section of the Crabtree Creek Greenway corridor and will extend from the existing terminus at Lindsay Drive to the eastern boundary of Umstead State Park on Ebenezer Church Road. This proposed trail section is approximately 2 miles in length and is a critical link in a regional greenway system, connecting multiple neighborhoods and business centers in Raleigh. This project is important both locally and regionally. This is the last remaining incomplete major segment of the three main greenway corridors included in the Capital Area Greenway System - the Neuse River, Crabtree Creek and Walnut Creek. Crabtree Creek has been identified in the System Plan as a Cross-City Connector, emphasizing its importance locally. From a regional perspective, the completion of the Crabtree Creek West project will connect the Neuse River Trail, on the eastern side of Wake County, to the American Tobacco Trail, on the western side of Wake County. By completing this trail, and the White Oak Creek Trail in Cary/Apex, residents and visitors will be able to travel across Wake County, from north to south on the American Tobacco Trail or the Neuse River Trail, or east to west between the two trails on the Crabtree Creek Trail and White Oak Creek Trail. The project scope includes a 12-foot wide trail facility, five pedestrian bridges, and signage. Primary stakeholders include state parks and the adjacent communities of Oak Park, Laurel Hills, and the Hamptons at Umstead. The City is coordinating design with these stakeholders.


Picture of trail end at Lindsey Drive


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
Thursday, November 5, 2016, 5:30 - 7:30 PMPublic Meeting - Laurel Hills Community Center located at 3808 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh NC 27612
Thursday, February 25, 2016, 5:30 - 7:30 PM Public Meeting - Laurel Hills Community Center located at 3808 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh NC 27612
Thursday, March 17, 2016, 6 PMParks, Recreation and Greenways Advisory Board (PRGAB) - Raleigh Municipal Building, City Council Chambers, 222 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 1 PMCity Council Meeting - Raleigh Municipal Building, City Council Chambers, 222 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC.
Summer 2018 Construction Bid Coordination
Winter 2019 Construction Completed


The Capital Area Greenway System was first adopted by City Council in 1976. This plan proposed a system of linear parks located primarily along rivers, streams, and creeks, and included the opportunity for an interconnected system of pedestrian trails across the region. The existing Crabtree Creek Trail extends from Lindsay Drive, east of Duraleigh Road to the Neuse River Trail.

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