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.


Crabtree Creek Trail at Lindsay Drive is open

The temporary Crabtree Creek Trail access point at 4000 Lindsay Drive reopened on Friday, Dec. 16.  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.

Construction is advancing for the Crabtree Creek West Greenway Trail Project.  The trees have been cleared and 4 of 5 pedestrian bridges along the project corridor have been completed, however, the boardwalk approaches to these bridges are currently under construction.  Paving of the trail will occur in the next few weeks as long as the outdoor temperature stays warm enough to pave.

As work progresses, please remember to stay clear of the construction limits marked by orange fencing and drive cautiously along Duraleigh and Ebenezer Church Roads to help ensure everyone’s safety.

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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.

Crabtree Creek West Greenway Trail – Project Update, Fall 2022


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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