Durham, NC Dog Walking Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
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Morris Branch Greenway

2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Abbotts Creek Trail

3.3 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

American Tobacco Trail

22.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Annie Jones Greenway

1.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Baileywick Trail

0.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Batchelor Branch Greenway

0.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Beaver Creek Greenway

2.3 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Black Creek Greenway

7.1 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Bolin Creek Trail

2.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Clayton River Walk

4 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Crabtree Creek Trail

15.9 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Deep River Rail Trail

3.5 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone

Dunn-Erwin Rail-Trail

5 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone

Eagle Spur Rail-Trail

2.3 mi
State: NC
Dirt

Endor Iron Furnace Greenway

1.4 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Fan Branch Trail

1.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Hare Snipe Creek Trail

3.7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Dirt

Hinshaw Greenway

1.7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

House Creek Greenway Trail

2.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete
Accordion

Libba Cotten Bikeway

0.38 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Little Rock Trail

1.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Louisburg Bike Trail

2.24 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Mine Creek Trail

6.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Mingo Creek Trail

3.4 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Morgan Creek Trail

0.86 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Neuse River Trail

29.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Reedy Creek Trail

5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Richmond and Danville Rail-Trail

5.5 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

Riverwalk Greenway

1.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Riverwalk Trail (VA)

7.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Rocky Branch Trail (NC)

3.4 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Sam's Branch Greenway

1.25 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Simms Branch Trail

1.66 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Snelling Branch Trail

0.85 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Southbridge Greenway

0.9 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Speight Branch Greenway

1.3 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Spring Forest Trail

0.45 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Third Fork Creek Trail

3.5 mi
State: NC
Concrete

Tobacco Heritage Trail

22.1 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Wakefield Trail

1.44 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Dirt

Walnut Creek Trail

19.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

White Oak Creek Greenway

4.7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The trail starts on Green Level Church Road and then heads west past suburban homes, skirting the north side of Amberly Lake. You will cross Yates South Road via crosswalk, then continue south along...
NC 2 mi Asphalt
Abbotts Creek Trail courses along a tree-lined route beside open fields and subdivisions in a suburban community near Wake Forest, North Carolina. The trail follows Abbotts Creek and passes by North...
NC 3.3 mi Asphalt
The American Tobacco Trail extends uninterrupted from Durham more than 22 miles south through Chatham County to its southern terminus in Wake County. In 2014, a bridge for the trail over Interstate 40...
NC 22.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Annie Jones Greenway provides a natural escape in the middle of the city. The trail goes through woods, and past streams for a short, though serene journey. The trail begins on SW Cary Parkway and...
NC 1.2 mi Asphalt
Most of the short and sweet Baileywick Trail runs through Baileywick Park in the oakwood neighborhood of suburban Raleigh, North Carolina. The 50-acre park has two baseball diamonds, picnic shelters,...
NC 0.6 mi Asphalt
Batchelor Branch Greenway is a short stretch of trail in northeast Cary. The trail is 0.8 miles long and 10 feet wide, accommodating uses ranging from walking and running, to biking, rollerblading,...
NC 0.8 mi Asphalt
Beaver Creek Greenway offers a pleasant, paved route in the community of Apex, a western suburb of Raleigh. Much of the trail is wooded and it connects two parks, Kelly Road Park and Jaycee Park. The...
NC 2.3 mi Asphalt
At just over 7 miles, the Black Creek Greenway is one of Cary’s longest and most popular trails. The paved pathway connects several parks, schools, and shopping and dining areas. On its southern...
NC 7.1 mi Asphalt
Bolin Creek Trail is a 3-mile out and back multipurpose trail in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The paved trail begins at Community Center Park and heads west, then ducks under the Franklin St. bridge....
NC 2.2 mi Asphalt
The Buffalo Creek Greenway (also known as the Neuse Riverwalk) meanders along a wooded waterway through the heart of Smithfield in central North Carolina. It is one day hoped to become part of the...
NC 2.9 mi Asphalt
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NC 4 mi Asphalt
The Crabtree Creek Trail, in suburban Raleigh, stretches nearly 16 miles along the Crabtree Creek corridor through forested greenways, city parks, residential areas, and among some business...
NC 15.9 mi Asphalt
The Deep River Rail-Trail follows the abandoned rail bed of the Atlantic and Yadkin Railroad, which began operations in 1897 and shut down in 1980. A segment of the trail travels through...
NC 3.5 mi Crushed Stone
The Dunn-Erwin Rail-Trail traverses 5.3 miles of the Aberdeen and Rockfish (previously Durham & Southern Railway) corridor in Harnett County, North Carolina. It connects the downtown areas of Dunn and...
NC 5 mi Crushed Stone
The Eagle Spur Rail-Trail follows 2.2 miles of the former Durham-New Hill Railroad, from Stagecoach Road along New Hope Creek to Jordan Lake. When you're done exploring the Eagle Spur, cross over...
NC 2.3 mi Dirt
Endor Iron Furnace Greenway runs along Big Buffalo Creek on the west side of Sanford, which sits about 40 miles southwest of Raleigh. The paved trail begins at Kiwanis Family Park, which offers a...
NC 1.4 mi Asphalt
The Fan Branch Trail is a pave hike and bike trail cutting through the Southern Village neighborhood of Chapel Hill. It's 10-feet wide and kicks off at the Southern Community Park, which features a...
NC 1.6 mi Asphalt
The Hare Snipe Trail provides access to Lake Lynn; its northern terminus follows Hare Snipe Creek from Ray Road to Wooten Meadow Park. From here the trail makes a loop around Lake Lynn, with a...
NC 3.7 mi Asphalt, Dirt
Hinshaw Greenway is a 1.7 mile north-south recreational trail in Cary, NC. The trail runs riparian forest, and acts as a conduit for children to travel safely between the play areas within MacDonald’s...
NC 1.7 mi Asphalt
The House Creek Greenway Trail is a 2.8-mile-long paved trail that runs from Crabtree Valley Avenue near the intersection with Blue Ridge Road (near the McDonald's) until it meets the Reedy Creek...
NC 2.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Accordion
The short Libba Cotton Bikeway is built along an active rail spur right-of-way: the Norfolk and Southern Railroad. The bikeway connects Carrboro's central business district to just west of the UNC...
NC 0.38 mi Asphalt
Beginning at E. Martin Street, the Little Rock Trail heads south through Chavis Park, running parallel with Chavis Way. The park features rock outcroppings, swimming pool, baseball diamond, shelters...
NC 1.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The 2.2-mile, paved Louisburg Bike Trail runs from S. Main Street to Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC). At the Main St. end, you'll find the trail at Depot Street Hill, just south of the Tar...
NC 2.24 mi Asphalt
The Mine Creek Trail consists of five distinct segments: Bent Creek (paved), Inman Connector (unpaved), Ironwood (paved), Lake Park (unpaved), Sawmill (unpaved) and Shelley Lake (paved). The segments...
NC 6.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
Opened in August, 2014, the Mingo Creek Trail connects the town of Knightdale from Mingo Creek Park to the Neuse River Trail, just north of Anderson Point Park in Raleigh. Along its 3.4-mile paved...
NC 3.4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Morgan Creek Trail is named after the nearby stream and is a well-used asphalt and boardwalk trail in the town of Chapel Hill. The trail gives residents a safe connection to Merritt's Pasture, an...
NC 0.86 mi Asphalt
Along the eastern outskirts of Raleigh, the Neuse River Trail follows the river for nearly 30 miles from Falls Lake Dam to the Wake/Johnston County line. There are several river crossings along the...
NC 29.8 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
The Reedy Creek Trail links William B. Umstead State Park to Meredith College. Beginning at the edge of Umstead State Park, the trail passes among some of the area's feature attractions, including the...
NC 5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Richmond and Danville Rail-Trail follows part of the right-of-way of the old railroad of the same name, an important transportation corridor for the Confederacy during the Civil War. The railroad...
VA 5.5 mi Crushed Stone
The Riverwalk Greenway is a 2-mile trail in Hillsborough, North Carolina.  The shared use trail begins at Gold Park and heads east, staying close to the river for most of its length, before concluding...
NC 1.8 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The 7.5-mile, paved Riverwalk Trail is part of Danville's expanding network of trails. This scenic pathway along the Dan River connects industry, beautiful parks and natural areas. It travels through...
VA 7.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Rocky Branch Trail offers beautiful views of the Raleigh city skyline, while also passing through the length of the North Carolina State University campus. It also links to Pullen Park, which has...
NC 3.4 mi Asphalt
Sam's Branch Greenway is a short, but scenic trail in the town of Clayton, just south of Raleigh. At the Neuse River, it connects to the Clayton River Walk, which in turn connects to the Neuse River...
NC 1.25 mi Asphalt
The Simms Branch Trail boasts several areas of large loblolly pine and connects Falls River to Durant Park. Watch for wildlife, including plenty of deer and maybe some beaver. You'll find a small...
NC 1.66 mi Asphalt
The Snelling Branch Trail is just under 1 mile and links Shelley Lake with Optimist Park. The Snelling Branch Trail, which runs east and west, joins Mine Creek Trail north of Shelley Lake. The...
NC 0.85 mi Asphalt
The Southbridge Greenway is a charming neighborhood path in the neighborhood of the same name, on the west side of Cary, North Carolina. On any given day on the trail you will find parents pushing...
NC 0.9 mi Asphalt
Speight Branch Greenway offers a paved, shaded route through a residential area of Cary, which lies on the western edges of Raleigh. The trail begins at Southeast Cary Parkway and travels north along...
NC 1.3 mi Asphalt
The Spring Forest Trail parallels Triangle Town Boulevard from Sumner Boulevard for only 0.5 mile north. Use caution at the crossing on Old Wake Forest Road.
NC 0.45 mi Asphalt
The Third Fork Creek Trail offers a paved 3.5-mile route through southwestern Durham. The trail begins at Southern Boundaries Park and continues through a pleasantly wooded corridor to its end at...
NC 3.5 mi Concrete
The Tobacco Heritage Trail currently runs in a continuous, off-road 17-mile stretch between the southern Virginia communities of Lawrenceville, Brodnax and La Crosse. Along the way, trail-goers can...
VA 22.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Wakefield Trail follows the power line from Falls of Neuse Road south to Dunard Street, just under 1.5 miles. There is a slight jog in the trail where it meets Wakefield Plantation Drive. If...
NC 1.44 mi Asphalt, Dirt
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...
NC 19.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The White Oak Creek Greenway runs through Cary, a city in North Carolina’s Triangle region that also includes Raleigh and Durham. In fact, future plans call for linking it to the American Tobacco...
NC 4.7 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Riverwalk Trail (VA)

yes, only two gaps (see Aug. review)

September, 2019 by jackritterskamp

Today we rode the center section between the gaps, plus the part on the south side of the river. North side accessible via Angler's & Dan Daniel parks, plus River St/Riverside Dr (same road) parking lots on weekends. GREAT ride even with gaps.

Dunn-Erwin Rail-Trail

Not well maintained and not warning for crossroads

September, 2019 by whitesop

I am new to the Benson area. A friend came to visit so we thought we would try out the Dunn/Erwin trail. For starters, good luck finding the trail head. There isn’t one. The trail has a lot of large stone and I don’t mean gravel by any means. Packed crush and run would be wonderful but this is large stone which is hard to ride on. There are no warning signs that roads are ahead. We were riding along and all of a sudden we had to brake fast because out of no where there was a road. This happened time and time again. Worse yet, the roads are not marked with white pedestrian walking/biking paths letting drivers know bikers or walkers may be entering from either side. I find this trail a bit dangerous and should be better marked. Maybe it’s lack of funding. I usually ride in Wake County, Clayton and Garner. Loose dogs yes, I would never walk my pack of 3 on that trail. It’ s sad because it could be used by so many more people. We need more hiking trails in this area and we need to bring more greenways for biking in this area.

Clayton River Walk

Nice trail

September, 2019 by timmy0728

This is a nice, paved, level trail.
There are a couple small hills for a challenge.
The numerous bridges, the little creeks and the river make for nice scenary.

So, as always. If in the area and want to get a couple miles in, give this trail a try. I think you'll enjoy it.

Accordion

American Tobacco Trail

Excellent for walking, not suitable for cycling

September, 2019 by jwwf

The part in Durham I got to ride was shady and well-maintained but I'd never ride it again. I'm used to riding trails that have long stretches and don't cross dangerous, busy streets every block or so. While this trail would be *excellent* for walking and I do see people biking, it's not one I'd recommend for the latter. There are too many opportunities for a bad interaction with an inattentive driver. I had a near-miss with a driver who didn't respect the trail/crosswalk warning lights as it was.

Riverwalk Trail (VA)

Two known gaps

August, 2019 by jackritterskamp

We started at Angler's Park and rode toward Dan Daniels Park. Just before going under US-29/58 there is a section that is washed out. We next parked at the YMCA and rode to the west end then reversed and rode down-river until yet another washout blocked us. We ran out of time, but the center section between these two blockages should be reachable from Dan Daniels Park. We enjoyed the trip and will be doing this again.

Speight Branch Greenway

Nice trail

August, 2019 by ray.brown_tl

Used this when I was visiting NC in July 2019. This trail is short but well maintained and the maps show that it will be expanded and connected to other trails. Cary will some day have trails all over it. It was 95 out when I used this trail, you may want a cooler day but my bike takes the heat good.

Buffalo Creek Greenway (Neuse Riverwalk)

Greenway Maintenance

August, 2019 by bicyclerider128

Greenway has overgrown trees hanging over in the path. Grass is high on side of path. Reason for keeping grass cut weekly is so snakes can be seen. Boards on bridges are sticking up. ( Dangerous for cyclist and more for runners.)
It is a nice greenway and we enjoy riding it. Town just needs to take more pride in it other than just ham and yam time each year.

Neuse River Trail

Volunteers Patrol he NRT -Maps available at REI or TrailLink APP

August, 2019 by browntrout4

As a former volunteer under the auspices of The NRPD I’ve ridden this Greenway many times end to end. Not a security risk but suggest ride or jog in pairs for enjoyment. Be aware of children and strollers and prepared to stop on busy weekends. Even in hot weather trail has many mature trees for cool shade ,be aware of possible loose large branches on windy days,wear a helmet!. The prettiest and perhaps most challenging/exciting is the section from Anderson Park S. Plenty of parking on either side of bridge entering park. But entrance to trail hidden by cedars down on left 2nd entrance,nearest white cottage, once youve ridden you will always find it,caution returning cyclists ride fast on exit ,be vigilant,wear bright clothing to be seen. Restrooms at Anderson last on trail until Garner! My favorite section is Anderson Park S. to Mial Plantation ,lovely sweeps and downhill runs ,countryside resembles Vermont with long white fences. This is the quieter section .triathlon rider groups on weekend s prevalent. There are numerous benches for a picnic along the way. Come prepared . Near “Riverside subdivision past Johnson County line theres a bridge with picnic tables at each end and on bridge ,nice in fall weather and occasional bald eagles can be observed.

White Oak Creek Greenway

White Oak Creek Greenway

June, 2019 by ryanford99

This greenway is poorly marked and the trail is broken in places by a detour through busy city streets and 50 mph traffic. This was an awful ride spent being slightly lost and pretty frustrated at the large detour required to get back on the greenway trail. I won’t be back.

Tobacco Heritage Trail

18 Miles Lawrenceville to La Crosse

June, 2019 by acodispoti

Wife and I rode Lawrenceville to La Crosse and returned the following day, staying at the Fairfield Marriott right off the trail. The trail is pretty flat, but more uphill on the way to La Crosse. The trail is in pretty good shape except for a fallen tree from the recent storms. The grass on the trail was recently cut so there was a lot of room to the sides and the center grass was low. The facilities along this trail are excellent—several bathrooms, garbage cans, and benches. The last four miles to La Crosse are paved which made for easy riding. We saw quite a few deer, a snake or two, and a couple of turtles on the journey. I keep telling the snakes to stay away because my wife is afraid of them; but they don’t listen to me.

There really isn’t that much along the trail so take food and water with you. La Crosse and South Hill have all kinds of places to eat, so once you get there you have plenty of choices.

My only complaints are the lack of use of the trail and the need for crushed limestone. The trail is really nice and we really did not see any use. With all that infrastructure people should take advantage of it being there and the towns and the county should try to highlight it more. The trail cover is more of a sandy material, not like the typical crushed limestone. When it is dry you can lose traction pretty easily and you will slide. Be careful with that. There is also an issue with the mile markers. It seems like you go from mile 1 to mile 4 with no 2 or 3.

Richmond and Danville Rail-Trail

Poor and dangerous trail May 19, 2019

May, 2019 by bglawson75

I agrees with May 2019 review. We would not recommend this trail. We found it with no problems. But the trail has several type of gravel that make riding on it dangerous. Several trees have been cut to allow passage but many more need to be cut around mile marker 3.5 and Mile marker 4 the trail has a large opening that you can not get over or around. Do not recommend this trail at this time. Hope the area can get it going again after the storms damage.

Riverwalk Trail (VA)

trail closed

May, 2019 by swillough

Closed where the trail crosses barkers branch in anglers park.

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