Environment
5:56 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

New Walnut Creek Greenway Trail Will Expand Raleigh's Nature Walk

The city of Raleigh has dedicated the recently-completed final section of the Walnut Creek Greenway Trail. Now more than 15 miles long, the trail winds through the southern part of the city from Lake Johnson to the Neuse River Trail.

Raleigh greenway boardwalk
The newly-dedicated Walnut Creek Greenway Trail in Raleigh includes boardwalks like this one that wind through wetland areas.
Credit City of Raleigh

Todd Milam is a planner for the city of Raleigh's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. He says the trail includes nearly a mile of 10-foot-wide boardwalk that takes walkers, runners, and bikers through secluded wetlands.

"I think it's the long-winding boardwalks that make it unique. It's a very swampy area and without the trail providing access, you would never be able to see or experience some of those wetland areas.

Milam says the Walnut Creek trail will eventually connect with Raleigh's Crabtree Creek Greenway and Neuse River Trail.  He says that could happen perhaps by late fall.

Money for the project was drawn from several bonds voters approved and from the state's Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.