The Mine Creek Trail consists of five distinct segments: Bent Creek (paved), Inman Connector (unpaved), Ironwood (paved), Lake Park (unpaved), Sawmill (unpaved) and Shelley Lake (paved). The segments vary in length from 0.25 mile to nearly 2.5 miles, for a total trail system distance of 6.55 miles.
The trail passes through exceptional bottomland forest and also features tree species such as ironwood, umbrella magnolia and river birch. Trail users will enjoy scenic views of Mine Creek as well as interesting rock outcrops at the southern end (Sawmill segment).
Watch for waterfowl or rent paddle boats at Shelley Lake (seasonal).
The southern terminus of the Mine Creek Trail links to Crabtree Creek Trail
near Generation Road. North of Shelley Lake, the Mine Creek Trail connects to the Snelling Branch Trail
heading east to Optimist Park.
Parking is available in several places along the route, including Shelley Lake, 1400 W. Millbrook Rd. For more information, contact:
Raleigh Parks & Recreation
222 West Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Shelby lake is a very popular spot in Raleigh during nice weather, so parking there can be problematic during warmer days. The trail follows around the water way feeding to and from the recreational lake. Other lots to park at can be difficult to get ...