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During this time of self-quarantining and social distancing, it’s still important to get in your exercise and breathe in fresh air. Here are some walking trails located around the city to help keep you from going stir-crazy. Just be sure to stay 6 feet away from fellow greenway and trail users.
Neuse River Greenway Trail:
The most popular trail in the Capital Area Greenway System, the Neuse River Greenway Trail runs for 27.5 miles along the Neuse River, from Falls Lake to the north into Johnston County to the south. The Neuse River Greenway Trail website provides more details about what users can experience along the way.
The Reedy Creek Greenway Trail: This 5-mile trail connects the Capital Area Greenway System to William B. Umstead State Park and links to the North Carolina Museum of Art, which has its own campus trail system. The NCMA’s network of trails winds through a collection of large sculptures and art installations. The Reedy Creek Greenway Trail also includes the bike/pedestrian bridge over I-440. At the time of the bridge’s construction, it was the longest bike/pedestrian bridge in North Carolina.
Lake Johnson East Loop Trail: This 2.8-mile trail branches off of the Walnut Creek Greenway Trail and circles around the eastern section of Lake Johnson. This is one of Raleigh’s more popular trail segments due to its relatively short length, the views of Lake Johnson and because it’s a loop that’s easy for users to navigate.
Crabtree Creek Greenway Trail: This 14.6-mile trail follows Crabtree Creek, northwest from the Neuse River Greenway Trail beginning at Anderson Point Park, to Lindsay Drive. This summer, the city will begin construction on the Crabtree Creek West project to extend the Crabtree Creek Trail from its existing western terminus at Lindsay Drive to William B. Umstead State Park. Points of interest along the way include Crabtree Valley Mall, Lassiter Mill Park, Kiwanis Park and Anderson Point Park.
The Walnut Creek Greenway Trail:This 15.6-mile trail follows Walnut Creek, northwest through southeast Raleigh, from the Neuse River Greenway Trail to Lake Johnson. Points of interest along the way include the Walnut Creek Wetland Center, the State Farmers Market, Lake Raleigh and Lake Johnson Park.
All of the trails listed are paved and accessible to both cyclists and pedestrians.
By Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
This is an updated version of a story that ran in Raleigh Magazine’s November 2017 issue.
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