Walnut Creek Trail

Trail Map

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The Walnut Creek Trails spans more than 19 miles on an east-west route through Raleigh. Only its western end, through Lake Johnson Park, is unpaved.

The trail affords stunning views of Lake Johnson, wildlife viewing (turtles, waterfowl, numerous bird species), a unique stand of big leaf magnolia (in Lake Johnson Park), access to the Walnut Creek Wetland Center, and passage through areas of large loblolly pine. In addition,the trail passes recreational parks, running adjacent to a state farmers' market, amphitheater, and swimming pools.

Increasing its value for both transportation and recreation, the Walnut Creek Trail links to other trails in the area: Rocky Branch, Little Rock, and the Neuse River Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

On its west end, parking is available in Lake Johnson Park (4601 Avent Ferry Road). Mid-trail, you can park in Eliza Pool Park (1600 Fayetteville Street).


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