People walking on the greenway trail

Parks and Recreation

Crabtree Creek West Trail

Connecting Raleigh

The new trail section between Ebenezer Church Road and Duraleigh Road is now open to the public. However, the section between Duraleigh Road and Lindsey Drive is still under construction and closed to the public.

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



Project Manager 
Ben Possiel, PE

Lisa Schiffbauer - Planning and Design

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




This phase is complete.


This phase is complete.


Project Update

Construction on the suspension bridge component of the project was halted late this summer due to supply challenges. We are happy to announce that construction on the suspension bridge resumed in February 2024, and the project is scheduled to be completed summer 2024. 

The new trail section between Ebenezer Church Road and Duraleigh Road is now open to the public. Public parking is also available for the new open section of the trail on Ebenezer Church Road between Clyden Cove and Poyner Road.

The trail section from Duraleigh Road to Lindsey Drive is still under construction and closed to the public. 

The map below shows the open section of the trail in green. The red trail section is still under construction and not open to the public.

Phase Contacts


Ben Possiel, PE

Lead Department:
Engineering Services


Phase details coming soon.

Map showing the new section of the Crabtree Creek trail that is open to the public, From Ebenezer  Church Rd to Duraleigh Rd, and the section that is still closed, in red, from Duraleigh Rd to Lindsey Dr

As work progresses, please remember to stay clear of the construction limits marked by orange fencing and drive.

Crabtree Creek Trail at Lindsay Drive is open for access to the eastbound part of the trail. The new trail is not open to the public at this time.  

The temporary Crabtree Creek Trail access point at 4000 Lindsay Drive is open.  However, trail users are required to dismount from bicycles and use caution when passing other trail users along the temporary access.  This temporary trail access may be occasionally closed in the future due to construction activities.

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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.


Winter = January - March, Spring = April - June, Summer = July - September, Fall = October - December
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
Summer 2023 Ebenezer Church Rd to Duraleigh Rd section completed
February 2024 Work on Suspension Bridge Resumes
Summer 2024 Project Completed

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