People walking on the greenway trail


Crabtree Creek West Trail

Connecting Raleigh

The Crabtree Creek West Trail is the remaining trail section of the Crabtree Creek Greenway corridor and will extend from the existing terminus at Lindsay Drive to the eastern boundary of Umstead State Park on Ebenezer Church Road. This proposed trail section is approximately two miles in length and is a critical link in a regional greenway system, connecting multiple neighborhoods and business centers in Raleigh. 

Project Details

Greenways and Trails
Stewart Engineering, Ecological Engineering, LLP, Ramey Kemp & Associates, RK&K, Crowder Construction Company



Lisa Schiffbauer - Planning and Design

Benjamin Possiel  - Construction

Lead Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Participating Department:
Engineering Services




This phase is complete.


This phase is complete.


Construction is underway. Crowder Construction Company “Contractor” has completed the clearing of trees between Lindsay Drive and Duraleigh Road and is expected to complete clearing between Duraleigh and Ebenezer Church Road within the next two weeks. The Contractor has started the construction of the foundations of all five pedestrian bridges along the project alignment. Stay clear of the orange silt fence limits. Crowder will be working within the limits, but with the nature of construction, we want to ensure residents of the community are safe and stay clear of the fencing

A temporary trail has been constructed at the access point and parking lot located at 4000 Lindsay Drive. Please dismount from your bicycle before entering the temporary trail, which is defined by an orange safety fence and signage. The temporary trail will remain open for a majority of the construction timeframe; however, the contractor will close the access during times when heavy construction is occurring in the immediate vicinity. This closure will be necessary to maintain the safety of trail users. During these closure times, please use the next closest available access, located at 4330 Galax Drive. 

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Crabtree Creek West Trail

The City is extending the Crabtree Creek Greenway Trail from Lindsay Drive to the eastern edge of Umstead State Park. Construction is starting in October and is anticipated to last two years as the City’s Contractor, Crowder Construction Company, constructs approximately two miles of new trail completing Raleigh’s Crabtree Creek Greenway Corridor.


Phase details coming soon.


The Capital Area Greenway System was first adopted by City Council in 1976. This plan proposed a system of linear parks located primarily along rivers, streams, and creeks, and included the opportunity for an interconnected system of pedestrian trails across the region. The existing Crabtree Creek Trail extends from Lindsay Drive, east of Duraleigh Road to the Neuse River Trail.


The Crabtree Creek West Trail project is funded by the 2014 Parks Bond Referendum, federal transportation funding through CAMPO’s Locally Administered Project program (LAPP), and Wake County Open Space Grant.

This project is important both locally and regionally. This is the last remaining incomplete major segment of the three main greenway corridors included in the Capital Area Greenway System - the Neuse River, Crabtree Creek, and Walnut Creek. Crabtree Creek has been identified in the System Plan as a Cross-City Connector, emphasizing its importance locally. 

From a regional perspective, the completion of the Crabtree Creek West Trail project will connect the Neuse River Trail, on the eastern side of Wake County, to the American Tobacco Trail, on the western side of Wake County. By completing this trail, and the White Oak Creek Trail in Cary/Apex, residents and visitors will be able to travel across Wake County, from north to south on the American Tobacco Trail or the Neuse River Trail, or east to west between the two trails on the Crabtree Creek Trail and White Oak Creek Trail. The project scope includes a 12-foot wide trail facility, five pedestrian bridges, and signage. 

Primary stakeholders include NC State Parks (William B. Umstead State Park), Hanson Aggregates Southwest, and the adjacent communities of Oak Park, Laurel Hills, and the Hamptons at Umstead. Public participation for this project took place between November 2015 and March 2016. Two public meetings were held where community members were invited to review plans, ask questions, and provide comments.  The project's proposed alignment and parking locations were also presented to the Parks, Recreation and Greenways Advisory Board (PRGAB) where members of the public were able to express questions, concerns, and support for and about the project recommendations.


Date Activity
Spring 2016 Public Process Complete
December 2020 Design and Permitting Complete
Early 2021 NCDOT Review Complete
February 2021 Expected to Receive NCDOT Authorization for Bidding
Spring 2021 Bid Coordination
Summer 2021 Award Bid
October 11, 2021 Begin Construction
October 2023 Complete Construction

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