Smith Creek Greenway Phase 3

This phase consists of 1.17 miles of paved greenway. This segment will extend the recently constructed Smith & Sanford Creek Greenways from south of Heritage High School to Ligon Mill Road. This greenway section would then connect with Smith Creek Phase 2 Greenway and the Neuse River Greenway.

Wayfinding signage will also be included to aide users along the greenway sections.

This project is currently in design.

Project Funding

Phase 3 is funded using the 2014 Bond Referendum which provides $4.6 million to greenway improvements. It is also funded, in part, by a grant from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund ($500,000) for Right-of-Way acquisition. Staff will submit a LAPP application for NCDOT grant funding for construction in 2022.

Neuse River Greenway

The Neuse River Greenway is part of an extensive system that links Wake Forest to Knightdale, Clayton and Raleigh and is presently 33 miles in length.

As part of the Neuse River Greenway project in 2011-2012, the Town of Wake Forest funded a $1.4 million pedestrian bridge over the Neuse River and constructed a segment of trail to connect with the existing section of Smith Creek Greenway. Measuring 558-ft. long, this bridge is the largest multi-use bridge in North Carolina!

Public Involvement

Public involvement is an important part of the project development process. The Town of Wake Forest encourages citizen involvement and will consider all suggestions.

An informational public workshop took place on April 24, 2017.

A 2nd informational public workshop took place on August 2, 2018 at the Renaissance Centre from 4:00pm to 7:30pm to gather input on the greenway alignment.

If you have questions, please contact one of the persons to the right of the page:

December 2019 Update

  • Continuing with Design and Permitting

  • 90% Design Review in progress

Smith Creek Greenway Phase 3