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 River Greenway

   October, 2016 by renasamo

Always lovely! I went on a portion of the trail that I had not been on and was not disappointed. I love the bridges and view of the river! read more

beautiful smooth ride

   June, 2016 by stanl2

I have ridden the northern part ( the Neuse Dam to/from the WRAL soccer fields , about 7 miles ) several times. Always beautiful ( even on rainy drizzly days ); always clean; always well marked with signage. Smooth wide pavemet. Along a river with lots more

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