Smith Creek Greenway Parking & Trailhead

Smith Creek Greenway

The Smith Creek Greenway is part of the 27.5 mile Neuse River Trail connecting users from Wake Forest to Raleigh and points south.

Parking is no longer permitted along Burlington Mills Road per N.C. Department of transportation due to safety concerns. Vehicles will be towed at owners expense. The Town of Wake Forest is planning for connections and trailheads in future phases.

Parking & Access Options
Greenway access points in the Wake Forest area are at the following locations:

  • 2949 Creek Moss Avenue, Wake Forest 

  • 6100 Thornton Road, Raleigh

  • 200 Trailhead Lane, Raleigh

  • 5956 Myakka Court, Raleigh

  • 2928 Horseshoe Farm Road, Raleigh


map of plans for Smith Creek Greenway Trailhead and Parking Lot

The following information was updated on June 2, 2015.

Plans Shelved to Develop Smith Creek Greenway Trailhead & Parking Lot 
In an effort to provide adequate parking for trail users, the Town of Wake Forest earlier this year began the preliminary design phase for a new parking lot and trailhead at the City of Raleigh Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP), located just off Ligon Mill Road. 


Town officials presented the plan to approximately 100 Caddell Woods and Moss Creek residents during a community meeting on April 20. During the meeting, an overwhelming majority of attendees spoke out against the proposal. Many of the same residents also turned out for the April 21 board of commissioners meeting to support a neighborhood representative who spoke in opposition of the plan. 

As a result, the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners has shelved the plans and canceled the second community meeting scheduled for Monday, May 18.

Town officials say they will consider other potential parking and trailhead sites, including an area along One World Way, but funding approval is not anticipated for several years.

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