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Raleigh Greenway System Grows

The first few days of summer are predicted to deliver relatively mild temperatures, making it a perfect time to explore Raleigh’s Greenway system.  The June issue of the City of Raleigh newsletter included the exciting news that the Neuse River Greenway Trail is almost complete, thanks to a 20-mile addition.  Amazingly, this trail will enable you to travel 28 miles from Falls Lake Dam on Falls of Neuse Road all the way to the Wake/Johnston County Line. 

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This is in addition to an extensive trail system that already links Shelley Lake, Crabtree Valley, the Art Museum, NC State University, Lake Johnson, the Walnut Creek Amphitheater, New Bern Avenue near WakeMed Raleigh Campus and so much more.

Thanks to great planning, it is now possible to navigate many areas of the Greater Raleigh area on foot or by pedal without ever coming in contact with a motorized vehicle.  And, in June 2014, two new key sections are scheduled to open, connecting the Crabtree Creek and Walnut Creek trails with the Neuse River trail.

Although you may not know it, Raleigh has lots of hidden treasures you can’t view from the road, including a beautiful swamp, creeks and wildlife.  See Raleigh in a whole new way this weekend via the Greenway!  Download map of the Greenway. Of course, be sure to follow Greenway etiquette.

The Capital Area Greenway plan was first adopted by the Raleigh City Council in 1976.  The Neuse River Trail addition was made possible by a Parks and Recreation Bond Referendum passed by voters in 2007.