Rules & Safety

Wake Forest's greenways serve as transportation and recreation corridors. As the town's system of trails continues to grow and become more popular, the number of users will continue to increase. As a result, it is important for all users to share the trails. Here are a few rules and tips that will help improve your experience and safety when biking or walking along Wake Forest's greenways.

  • Trail Hours: Dawn to Dusk
    Most trails are not lighted and are closed at nighttime.

  • No alcoholic beverages
    The consumption of alcoholic beverages on all greenways and on all town property is prohibited.

  • Animal and Plant Life are Protected
    It is unlawful to remove, destroy, or damage any plant life or property. It is also unlawful to kill, trap or molest animals or birds.

  • Leave No Trace
    Please pick up your litter and leave nothing behind after visiting the area.

  • No Swimming
    Swimming in lakes or streams is prohibited.

  • Share the Trail & Keep Right
    Please help us make the trail a friendly environment for all trail users by not blocking the path. Walk and bike on the right side of the trail to facilitate two-way traffic and use caution when passing other trail users.

  • Pedestrians Have the Right of Way
    Faster moving trail users, such as bicyclists, rollerbladers and skate boarders, should approach pedestrians cautiously and yield to walkers and joggers.

  • Under 16 Years Old? Wear a Helmet
    Trail users under the age of 16 must wear a safety helmet when biking, skating, or using a scooter or other non-motorized vehicle.

  • Communicate Before Passing
    When passing from behind, please ding your bike bell or say "passing" loud enough to alert those in front of you.

  • 10-mph speed limit
    A 10-mph speed limit has been imposed on the greenway trails. Please self-monitor your speed.

  • Maintain a Safe Speed
    Please slow down when rounding curves, passing other trail users, traveling downhill, where the trail narrows, approaching intersections or when conditions dictate.

  • Bring a Buddy
    Greenway users are encouraged to walk or jog with a companion and make sure to carry a cell phone.

  • No Campfires
    Building fires is allowed only in grills.

  • Keep Pets on Short Leashes & Remove Pet Waste
    Dogs are welcome on the trail, but please keep them on a short leash in order to keep the trail safe for all users. Additionally, please pick-up after your pet. Fecal matter from pet waste can negatively affect water quality of local rivers and streams.

  • No Motorized Vehicles
    Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the path at any time. However, please note that in order to maintain the trail you may occasionally encounter maintenance trucks and lawn mowers on and alongside the trail.

  • Lock it Up
    Patrons should securely lock private vehicles. If valuables are left in a vehicle, lock them in the trunk.

  • In an Emergency, Call 911

  • To report violations of greenway rules, call the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150.

  • Report non-emergency concerns to the Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department by calling 919-435-9560 or emailing greenways@wakeforestnc.gov.

Take ownership and pride in your parks and greenways. We encourage citizens to help us deter illegal activity and vandalism.