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Capital Area Greenways (Trails, Trailheads)
Several Trailhead Locations
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 872-4115
Park Description

The greenway is a network of public open spaces and recreational trails which provide for activities such as walking, jogging, hiking, bird watching, nature study, fishing, picnicking and outdoor fun. The trails connect many of Raleigh’s parks and in many cases provide a compliment to the recreational activities at the parks. Many of the city’s major ecological features can be experienced in their natural state along the Greenway. A major goal of the Greenway Program is to establish a closed network of interconnected trails.

The Capital Area Greenway became a reality in March 1974 after the City of Raleigh became concerned over rapid growth and urbanization. The agency responded with the Greenway master plan which permitted urban development while preserving Raleigh’s characteristic natural beauty. The idea has developed into a 54 mile – 3000 acre system and continues to grow. All of the Greenways and parks are yours to use and enjoy, so please help us to keep them safe and in good condition. If you see something needing repair or correction, please call the Parks and Recreation Department

Greenway Rules

  • Obey the signs posted on all greenways showing the rules and regulations.
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages is not allowed.
  • Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the greenways or in non-designated areas.
  • Building fires is allowed only in grills.
  • It is unlawful to remove, destroy, or damage any plant life or property.
  • Pets must be on a leash.
  • The owner must remove all waste left by pets.
  • It is unlawful to kill, trap, or molest animals or birds.
  • Swimming in lakes or streams is not permitted.
  • Horses are prohibited on trails unless signed for equestrian use.
  • All trail users under the age of 16 are required to wear a safety helmet when using a bike, skates, scooters or any other non-motorized vehicle. Bicyclist, skaters, and skateboarders should approach pedestrians cautiously and slow down when there is limited vision.
  • A 10-mph speed limit has been imposed on the greenway trails. Please self-monitor your speed by not exceeding 73 feet in 5 seconds. Use the speed monitoring devices provided.

Greenway Safety

  • Bicyclist, skaters, and skateboarders should approach pedestrians cautiously and slow down when there is limited vision.
  • Users, including pets, should remain on the right side of the trail except when passing.
  • Bicyclist, skaters, and skate boarders must always yield the right of way to pedestrians.
  • Patrons should be aware of other users on the trail.
  • The use of headphones is discouraged.
  • Patrons are encouraged to walk or jog with a companion.
  • Patrons are encouraged to use the trails only in daylight hours.
  • Patrons should securely lock private vehicles. If valuables are left in a vehicle, place them in a location that is out of sight.

Hours of Operation: Sunrise to Sunset

Fees: No entry fees for this park
Metro Region: Triangle, NC
Park Management: City

Printed Materials
Capitol Area Greeneway Map & trailhead locations    

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