Walnut Creek Trail

Trail Map

Description Suggest an Edit

The Walnut Creek Trail is divided into six segments: Lake Johnson (5.63 miles of paved and unpaved), Lower Walnut Creek, Lower Walnut Creek-Walnut Creek Park, Lower Walnut Creek-Worthdale, Middle Walnut Creek and Upper Walnut Creek. The Lake Johnson segment is the longest and it's the only section that has unpaved portions.

The trail affords stunning views of Lake Johnson, wildlife viewing (turtles, waterfowl, numerous bird species), a unique stand of big leaf magnolia (Lake Johnson segment), the Walnut Creek Wetland Center (Lower Walnut Creek segment) and areas of large loblolly pine (Upper Walnut Creek segment).

In addition, the Walnut Creek Trail system passes through recreational parks, state farmers' market, amphitheater and swimming pools.

The Walnut Creek Trail links to two other trails in the area: Rocky Branch and Little Rock.

Parking and Trail Access

There are numerous access points and places to park along the four main segments of the Walnut Creek Trail. For more information, contact:

Raleigh Parks & Recreation
222 West Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601


Great Trail but this map needs updating.

   June, 2015 by susancnett

I stumbled across this trail by accident, while out riding my Trikke, while taking a course at NCSU. The paved portion now runs about 15 miles. The map here on the Traillink site needs updating. To see an up-to-date map, go to: http://www.raleighnc.gov/parks/content/ParksRec/Articles/Greenways/WalnutCreekTrail.html and ...read more

Upper Walnut Creek

   February, 2015 by rick0427

A definite must do for the riding enthusiast. The best way to access this trail on the upper end is to park at the Poole Road access to the Neuse River Trail and ride south a short distance to the trail. After passing under Barwell road and crossing an ...read more

Amazing Bunch of Trails

   August, 2013 by slipsoup

Raleigh's rail trail system is amazing. We stayed downtown and were able to pick up the trails within a few blocks from our hotel. The Rocky Branch Trail is located on Fayetteville St. and the Walnut Creek Trail is on South Wilmington St. We rode 40 ...read more