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Raleigh formally dedicates 28-mile Neuse River Trail

Posted April 25, 2013

The 28-mile Neuse River Trail was officially dedicated Thursday, giving the City of Raleigh another reason to shine.
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— The 28-mile Neuse River Trail was officially dedicated Thursday, giving the City of Raleigh another reason to shine.

Mayor Nancy McFarlane said the trail brings out runners and bikers, but also attracts business to the area.

"When we have businesses come to look here, the greenways and the parks always stand out," McFarlane said.

Raleigh now has more than 100 miles of greenway trails within its city limits. 

The city's senior greenway planner, Vic Lebsock, is the man behind the Neuse River Trail, which he said, has been in the planning stages for decades.

"We built about a mile or two miles a year," he said.

Neuse River Trail Neuse River Trail adds 28 miles to Raleigh's greenways

In 2007, a $13 million bond allowed the construction of nearly 30 miles, and the trail now stretches from Falls Lake Dam to the Johnston County line.

Lebsock said he's proud to have the trail as part of his legacy.

"I approach my job not so much for what I create today, but for what I create for my child or grandchildren later on," he said. 


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  • fishon Apr 26, 4:15 p.m.

    Concealed carry is permitted on the Greenway, saw the signs a few weeks back on the part below the dam at Falls Lake.

  • dirkdiggler Apr 26, 3:38 p.m.

    Trekker- it was, but it was pretty awesome, LOL! We've been riding this greenway for years on our mountain bikes, long before the pavement was put down and the fences were up. It's been quite an interesting experience to see all the bridges go up, the pavement go down, it's awesome now! Gone are the days of having to dismount to climb over where a bridge was PLANNED to be, lol! Now it's suitable for both mountain bike and road bike, but on those skinny wheels, it's too easy to go way too fast. As we're respectful of the others on foot, we try to keep speed to a minimum out there.

  • Trekker Apr 26, 3:18 p.m.

    dirkdiggler - Sounds like you had quite an expedition!

  • Trekker Apr 26, 3:09 p.m.

    norskagent - Thanks! I'll have to look for that next time I'm out that way. My wife and I come from the other end (the Dam) and are just started exploring beyond 401 last fall.

  • dirkdiggler Apr 26, 1:52 p.m.

    Trekker, thanks ;) My husband and I (yes, the Dirkster is a woman, lol) lugged our bikes for quite a distance after the 'end', traversing some pretty rough territory before finally coming out behind the fenceline of some Christian school before coming up on a creek/river that we couldnt pass, so we went up through the school parking lot, backtracked down to 401 and got back on the trail to head home. It was an adventure, but we were disappointed we couldnt find the other side that will eventually be connected, LOL!

  • norskagent Apr 26, 1:49 p.m.

    I think there is a paved spur trail a short distance before 401 that would take you out to perry creek rd., that way you can stay off 401 altogether. The holdup at the soccer fields/ horseshoe section is weird, why didn't they plan this out better?

  • Trekker Apr 26, 12:09 p.m.

    Dirkdiggler – There’s a 3/4 mile segment not finished between the section you spoke of and the WRAL soccer fields. That section is said to be completed around winter 2014. For now, if you wanted to, you could follow 401 to Perry Creek road and on to the soccer complex (just under 2 miles).

  • Trekker Apr 26, 11:53 a.m.

    “13 million for the few folks who use it, what a waste of tax dollars when we need schools, roads and so many other things!” jdupree

    Obviously you have never been on the greenway. There’s more than a “few folks who use it”. Lots of people are out getting and staying healthy thanks to the greenway. The greenways also bring business and tax revenue to the area along with enhancing the image of Raleigh to outsiders. This is one of the prime reasons Raleigh is ranked as one of the best cities to live so it’s not near as much as a waste as you perceived it to be.

  • OmegaBaby Apr 26, 11:45 a.m.

    jdupree - Not sure why you have a problem with it. The majority of residents of Wake County decided democratically that they wanted to raise taxes to pay for greenways. If they want to raise taxes to increase revenue for schools and roads, they can do that to. Isn't that how democracy works?

  • jdupree Apr 26, 10:46 a.m.

    13 million for the few folks who use it, what a waste of tax dollars when we need schools, roads and so many other things!