Along the eastern outskirts of Raleigh, the Neuse River Trail follows the river for nearly 28 miles from Falls Lake Dam to the Wake/Johnston County line. There are several river crossings along the way, including two on suspension bridges. The scenic, tree-lined trail offers numerous wildlife viewing opportunities, especially on its boardwalks through wetland areas.
On its southern end, the trail connects to the Clayton River Walk, which continues along the Neuse River for 4 more miles. The two trails are part of the East Coast Greenway, a long-distance trail network stretching from Maine to Florida.
Just south of Poole Road, the trail also offers a seamless connection to Walnut Creek Trail, which heads 18 miles west through Raleigh.
Parking is available at several points along the trail, including the lots listed below from north to south. Additionally, drinking water and restrooms are available at Buffaloe Road Athletic Park and Anderson Point Park.
- 2928 Horseshoe Farm Road (2928 Horseshoe Farm Road)
- Buffaloe Road Athletic Park (5812 Buffaloe Road)
- Anderson Point Park (20 Anderson Point Drive)