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Neuse River Trail

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Neuse River Trail

LENGTH:

27.5 miles

SURFACE:

paved

COMMUNITIES:

Wake Forest, Neuse, Knightdale, Raleigh, Clayton

HIGHLIGHTS:

Falls Lake, Neuse River, local parks

NEARBY TRAILS:

Falls of Neuse River Road Multi-Use Path
Abbots Creek Trail
Smith Creek Greenway
Mingo Creek Trail
Crabtreek Creek Trail
Walnut Creek Trail
Clayton River Walk on the Neuse

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Raleigh

The Neuse River Trail is a 27.5-mile long paved pathwayon the east side of the Raleigh urban area in Central North Carolina. The trail extends from Falls Lake in Wake Forest to the boundary between Wake County and Johnston County near Clayton.  The trail wanders through the forestland and farmland along the Neuse River, going past multiple local parks and residential neighborhoods. The trail connects with a number of other regional trails along the way as well as allowing connections to the major roadways and trails within the local parks.

The route of the trail is away from roads and traffic and allows for scenic views of the Neuse River, thick woodlands, historical sights and miles of natural beauty. The Neuse River Trail is a portion of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail that stretches from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks.

The Neuse River Trail starts at Falls Lake Dam to the west of Falls of Neuse Road in Wake Forest. It wanders through the greenbelt along the river going past numerous residential neighborhoods. On the south end, the Neuse River Trail connects to the Clayton River Walk on the Neuse.

Conditions

The Neuse River Trail is paved the entire way and is open for non-motorized use such as bike riding, walking and running. There are few road crossings and the route is well away from traffic with underpasses for most major road crossings. There are numerous trailheads along the route with access paths leading to the main trail. The many parks along the route have restroom and picnic facilities.

Communities

The Neuse River Trail goes past the following communities: Wake Forest, Neuse, Knightdale, Raleigh and Clayton.

Points of Interest

The Neuse River Trail goes past the following parks, schools and other points of interest:

Falls Lake
Falls Lake Dam Recreation Area
WRAL Soccer Complex
Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve
North Raleigh Christian Academy
Wake Technical Community College
River Bend Elementary School
Buffaloe Road Athletic Park
Anderson Point Park
Poole Road Park
Nearby Trails

The Neuse River Trail intersects numerous other regional trails along the route, allowing for a variety of connections and extending the network of trails well into the nearby neighborhoods.

Falls of Neuse Road Multi-Use Path: the Neuse River Trail crosses Falls of Neuse Road and has connections to the multi-use path that follows alongside the roadway to as far south as Millbrook.

Abbots Creek Trail: the two trails intersect to the northwest of State Highway 1 in Raleigh. Abbots Creek Trail heads west through residential areas going past North Wake Landfill Park.

Smith Creek Greenway: the two trails intersect to the southeast of State Highway 1. The Smith Creek Greenway Trail heads to the north as far as Purlington Mills Road.

Mingo Creek Trail: the two trails intersect just north of the underpass for the Knightdale Bypass. The Mingo Creek Trail heads to the northeast as far as Mingo Creek Park in the Timber Ridge neighborhood in Knightdale.

Crabtree Creek Trail: the two trails intersect at Anderson Point Park, just south of the underpass for the Knightdale Bypass. The Crabtree Creek Trail heads off to the northwest and travels for 14.6 miles crossing through much of the City of Raleigh.

Walnut Creek Trail: the two trails intersect at a point 1/3 of a mile south of Poole Road. Walnut Creek Trail heads off to the west and is a 15.6-mile long trail that wanders through the southern part of Raleigh. It reaches as far as Lake Johnson to the west of the North Carolina State University campus.

End Points

The north end of the Neuse River Trail is located at the Falls Lake Dam Recreation area on Pleasant Union Church Road and west of Old Falls of Neuse Road.

The south end of the trail is located at the boundary between Wake and Johnston County, to the northwest of Clayton. At this point the Neuse River Trail connects to the Clayton River Walk on the Neuse that continues for another 4 miles.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Neuse River Trail in the Raleigh area of North Carolina