Crabtree Creek West Trail

The Crabtree West Trail project is funded by the 2014 Parks Bond Referendum. 

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. 

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 state parks and the adjacent communities of Oak Park, Laurel Hills, and the Hamptons at Umstead. The City is coordinating design with these stakeholders. 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.

Project Details

Greenways and Trails
Stewart Engineering, Ecological Engineering, LLP, Ramey Kemp & Associates


This phase is complete.


The design team is working through the design of the pedestrian structures and the project permitting. It took more time than  expected to work through the analysis of the flood model study. As a result, we had to take a step back and reevaluate the pedestrian bridge stream crossings to eliminate a rise in the flood elevation. 

We now have the design approach worked out, however, this requires many levels of review and permitting including City, state, and federal. In addition, staff is working on property acquisition that supports the project alignment and parking areas.


Phase details coming soon.


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.


Date Activity
Spring 2016 Public Process Complete
June 2019 Design, Permitting, NCDOT Review Complete
July 2019 Expected to Receive NCDOT Authorization for Bidding
Spring 2020 Bid Coordination
Summer 2020 Award Bid
Summer 2020 Begin Construction
Winter 2021 Complete Construction

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