Neuse River Trail

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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 and Trail Access

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)


Neuse, Riverwalk, Sam's Greenway Trail

   April, 2016 by dillar

Awesome! We started at the south end in Clayton and picked up Sam's Greenway and rode north connecting to the Riverwalk and on to the Neuse Trail for a 18 mile round trip. It is beautiful and recently paved surface 8-10 feet wide and flat until you leave more

Raleigh should be proud.

   November, 2015 by bjwana

Beautifully maintained trail with many bridges and trestles. The feeder trails bringing in suburbanites and city dwellers is a terrific idea. My wife & I thoroughly enjoyed our ride from Buffaloe Road Athletic Park to Auburn Knightdale Road and back. more


   October, 2015 by cangapoc

This trail is such a gem to our area. I doubt very many people even know that it exists! LOVED the numerous boardwalks and bridges and enjoyed being in such a beautiful setting on such a magnificent day. We saw lots of Canada Geese in the wetlands along more