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Neuse River Greenway Trail

27.5 miles of paved trail

Last updated Mar. 19, 2019 - 4:37 pm
  • *Greenway entrance from Allen Drive parking near Milburnie DamGreenway entrance from Allen Drive parking near Milburnie Dam
  • *7 bridges over the Neuse River including 2 suspension bridges7 bridges over the Neuse River including 2 suspension bridges
  • *Agricultural SettingAgricultural Setting
  • *Scenic views of Neuse RiverScenic views of Neuse River
  • *Paved TrailsPaved Trails

The Neuse River Greenway Trail is 27.5 miles of paved trail with diverse features. The trail offers scenic views of the Neuse River, winding boardwalk areas through wetlands, historical sights, interpretive signs, and agricultural fields.

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HIGHLIGHTS

The Neuse River Trail 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.

Falls Lake Dam to Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve

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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

Other parking lots that provide access to the Neuse River Greenway trail can be found at:

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Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve to Buffaloe Road Athletic Park

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Description

* Distance assumes start point at Falls Lake Dam

Parking

Other parking lots that provide access to the Neuse River Greenway trail can be found at:

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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

* 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

Parking

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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, including nine parcels of land acquired for future parks along the corridor.

In 2003, the residents of Raleigh 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, the City secured $893,000 in Federal Enhancement funds and American Reinvestment and $3.25 million in Recovery Act (ARRA) funds.

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