Capital Area Greenway Trail System

Last updated Mar. 19, 2019 - 4:57 pm
  • View along 1 of the 28 system trails
  • Neuse River Trail bridge

The Capital Area Greenway System is a network of public open spaces and recreational trails for walking, hiking, biking, nature study, and more. The trails connect many of Raleigh's parks and complement their recreational opportunities. A primary goal of the greenway program is to establish a completed network of interconnected trails throughout the city.

Maintenance and Repairs

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The greenways are yours to use and enjoy. Help us keep them safe and in good condition. If you see something needing repair or maintenance, please contact the greenway maintenance staff at 919-996-4115, by email or report it on SeeClickFix.

Greenway Safety Rules

  • 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 has over 100 miles of trails to explore. There are 28 trails that comprise the greenway system, each with its unique features, destinations, and character.

Trail NameMileageDistance
Abbotts Creek
2.9Follows Abbotts Creek from the Neuse River Trail to Simms Branch Trail near the intersection of Durant Rd and Cub Trl.
0.6Connects from Strickland Rd to Baileywick Rd by passing through Baileywick Park.
Beaver Dam
0.8A natural surface trail located adjacent to Beaver Dam Creek between Wade Ave and Devonshire Dr that passes through Windemere Beaver Dam Park.
Birch Ridge Connector0.3A wide sidewalk that connects Poole Rd to the Walnut Creek Athletic Complex (Walnut Creek North Park).
Centennial Bikeway Connector2.3A multi-purpose path adjacent to Centennial Pkwy on the NC State University Centennial Campus and on the south side of Western Blvd.
Crabtree Creek
14.6Follows Crabtree Creek northwest from the Neuse River Trail beginning at Anderson Point Park to Lindsay Dr.
East Fork
Mine Creek
2.5Follows East Fork Mine Creek upstream from the confluence of Mine Creek to the north side of Strickland Rd.
Edwards Mill Connector1.3A multi-purpose path along Edwards Mill Rd from Trinity Rd to Reedy Creek Rd.
Gardner Street
0.7A natural surface trail that connects Jaycee Park to Isabella Cannon Park.
Hare Snipe Creek
2.3Follows Hare Snipe Creek from Wooten Meadow Park to Lake Lynn Park.
Honeycutt Creek3.8Follows Honeycutt Creek from Raven Ridge Rd to Strickland Rd. The trail section from Raven Ridge Rd to Durant Rd is unpaved and limited to foot traffic only. Also, be aware that seasonal bow hunting occurs on this property. Orange vests will be provided for use during these times.
House Creek
2.8Follows House Creek along the I-440 beltline between the Crabtree Creek Trail at Crabtree Valley Mall and Reedy Creek Trail at Wade Ave.
Lake Johnson East Loop2.8A loop trail around the east side of Lake Johnson.
Lake Johnson West Loop2.1A loop trail around the west side of Lake Johnson.
Lake Lynn Loop1.9A loop trail around Lake Lynn.
Little Rock
1.6Follows Little Rock Creek from the Walnut Creek Wetland Park to downtown.
Marsh Creek
0.3Follows Marsh Creek through Brentwood Park between Glenraven Dr and Ingram Dr.
Martin Street Connector0.4A sidewalk connection between Little Rock Trail at Chavis Way to downtown.
Mine Creek
4.1Follows Mine Creek north from the confluence with Crabtree Creek to Sawmill Rd.
Neuse River
27.5Follows the Neuse River south from Falls Lake Dam to Wake/Johnston County Line.
Reedy Creek
5.0Follows Reedy Creek Rd from Umstead State Park to the North Carolina Museum of Art and Meredith College Campus.
Richland Creek
3.1Follows Richland Creek from the PNC Arena through Schenck Forest to Umstead State Park.
Rocky Branch
3.8Follows Rocky Branch from the intersection with Walnut Creek Trail to Reedy Creek Trail on the campus of Meredith College.
Shelley Lake Loop2.1A loop trail around Shelley Lake.
Simms Branch
1.7Follows Simms Branch from the intersection with Abbotts Creek Trail on Cub Trl to Durant Nature Preserve.
Snelling Branch
0.8Follows Snelling Branch from Mine Creek Trail at Shelley Lake to Optimist Park.
Spring Forest
0.4A multi-purpose path adjacent to Triangle Town Blvd from Old Wake Forest Rd to Sumner Blvd.
1.4Follows the power line from Falls of Neuse Rd to Dunard St. Trail is unpaved from London Bell Dr to Dunard St.
Walnut Creek
15.6Follows Walnut Creek northwest through southeast Raleigh from the Neuse River Trail to Lake Johnson

Capital Area Greenway System Improvement Projects

With more than 100 miles of existing greenway trails and plans to double that mileage over the next 30 years, greenway staff are busy managing capital improvement projects to repave older sections of trail, replace bridges and boardwalk segments as well as add new trail segments to expand the existing system.

To learn more about on-going Capital Area Greenway improvement projects, visit the Parks and Greenway Projects page and click on "Greenway Projects".

Capital Area Greenway System Safety Public Service Announcements

In an effort to educate Capital Area Greenway System users on proper trail etiquette and safety procedures, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department recently created a series of public service announcement videos covering a variety of safety related topics. Topics include appropriate greenway speeds, how to pass other users, how to walk in groups on the greenways and more. All of the videos are accessible by using the links below.

Greenways Educational PSA

Speed Limit on the Trail

How to Properly Pass Someone on the Trail

Walking or Running Two People Wide on the Trail

Keeping Pets on a Leash When Walking on the Trail

Safety on the Trails

In addition to placing these videos on the City's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources YouTube channel, these videos will also be promoted through Facebook, Twitter and on the Raleigh Television Network.

NC State Course Studies Capital Area Greenway System

The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department collaborated with North Carolina State University Professor George Hess’ Natural Resources Measurements class (NR300), during N.C. State's Spring 2016 semester, to quantify human and wildlife use of the Capital Area Greenway System (CAG).

This effort was accomplished by utilizing motion triggered cameras set along the greenways. Additional data was collected through paper surveys, an online survey and a call-out survey. In addition to user counts and wildlife inventory, the team examined correlations between human and wildlife use and a variety of factors including vegetation, population and housing density, distance to access points, and local connectivity of the CAG system.

For more information on this project, and to see the data collected and final report, please visit the What's on Our Greenways website.

Capital Area Greenway Planning and Design Guide

The Capital Area Greenway Planning and Design Guide was adopted by City Council on January 6, 2015. The final document is available for download below.

The new guide incorporates existing City procedures with the standards and best practices of public agencies and municipalities nationwide. The document supplements the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource Department’s (Parks) System Plan unanimously adopted by Council on May 6, 2014. It is designed to ensure that the Capital Area Greenway System continues to be a safe and accessible multi-use trail system providing recreation and transportation opportunities, while preserving thousands of acres of natural area.

Raleigh Parks’ staff received significant public input during the development of the plan. Staff worked in conjunction with the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Board’s Greenway and Urban Trees Committee and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission’s Joint Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee to develop and review the document.

The document will be reviewed regularly and updated to meet changing needs and priorities generated by the area’s growth, changing demographics and shifts in development patterns.

Download the revised draft of Capital Area Greenway Planning and Design Guide

Trail System Map

The Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department periodically produces an updated map of the Capital Area Greenway System. The Capital Area Greenway System Map shows existing and nearer term planned (less than 5 years) trails, parking areas with trail access, as well as select City facilities. This map is available at no cost and is available at community centers, our Administrative office, located on the sixth floor of the Raleigh Municipal Building, by email or by calling 919-996-3285.

Download Map


Interactive Adoption Trail Map

The City of Raleigh's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Adopt-A-Trail program provides a volunteer opportunity for interested individuals, businesses and groups to participate in trail cleanup to support the Capital Area Greenway System. The volunteer agrees to maintain the greenway trail quarterly for at least one year. The volunteer must sign an Adopt-A-Trail Agreement and submit quarterly reports to Parks staff.

Volunteers can adopt any available trail segment by viewing our interactive map. Trail segment adoptions are limited to one per volunteer or volunteer group and are on a first come, first serve basis.

Learn more about Adopt-A-Trail

RGreenway App

RGreenway, a CityCamp 2012 winner, is an interactive map of greenway trails with additional features such as weather reports, the ability to submit maintenance requests 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 Raleigh GIS Data. The free application is available for mobile devices running the Android and iOS operating systems.


The Capital Area Greenway System became a reality in March 1974 after citizens became concerned about 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 117-mile, 3700-acre system and continues to grow. A major goal of the Greenway Program is to establish a closed network of interconnected trails.

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