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Sam's Branch Greenway is a short, but scenic trail in the town of Clayton, just south of Raleigh. The trail forms a paved ribbon through the woods along Sam Branch. The first phase was 1.25 miles between O'Neill Road and the Neuse River, where it connects to the Clayton River Walk, which in turn connects to the Neuse River Trail, offering a combined 33 continuous miles of paved greenway. A second phase was completed in 2020, extending the trail west to Legend Park and providing access to downtown Clayton. This extension added another 1.4 miles of trail and a pedestrian underpass under O'Neill Road. The third phase will stretch into Municipal Park.
The trailhead offers a gravel parking lot and is located on the western end of the trail on North O'Neill Street. You can also park at Legend Park (550 City Rd, Clayton, NC).
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