People walking on the greenway trail

Mine Creek Trail Improvement Project

Improving connectivity

Improvements to a section of the Mine Creek Greenway Trail are proposed at Shelley Lake and south of Shelley Lake. At Shelley Lake, the improvements proposed include repairs to trail structure #17 and the replacement of trail structure #19. Improvements south of Shelley Lake include the removal of two existing wooden trail structures (#32 and #33) and the realignment of the existing trail.  At this location, the trail is proposed to be realigned to the northwest side of Mine Creek and in alignment with the existing sewer easement. In addition, a decorative barrier fence is proposed along the proposed trail in this location. A greenway easement will need to be acquired as part of this process. Click here for a project location map for all proposed improvements and click here for a map that shows a more detailed area of the realignment of the trail and location of structures #32 and #33 south of Shelley Lake.

This project is being coordinated with a Raleigh Water project that includes sewer improvements along this section of Mine Creek. 

The City hosted an Open House meeting at Sertoma Arts Center on June 22, 2022, to gather input and feedback.

View the presentation here of the June 22, 2022, open house meeting.

View Southwest and Northeast artist renderings of the proposed improvements on Mine Creek Trail.

Project Details

Greenways and Trails
$210,000 2014 Parks Bond
Project Lead:
David P Bender, Capital Projects Manager



David Bender

Lead Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Service Unit:




The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is currently in the Planning Phase of the project.   On November 17, 2022, staff presented project alignment options to the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board (PRGAB). The PRGAB will make a recommendation on preferred alignment at a future PRGAB meeting. A site visit with the Ridgeloch community is scheduled for January 23, 2023  at 4:00 p.m..  

The meeting location is shown on this map.

The Mine Creek Trail is approximately 4 miles in length and connects at the confluence of Crabtree Creek along the east side of Shelley Lake to Sawmill Road. 


Date Activity
May 23, 2022 Virtual Open House Posted Online
June 22, 2022, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Open House - Sertoma Arts Center, 1400 W Millbrook Rd, Raleigh
November 17, 2022 at 6 p.m. Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board
January 23, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. Public Meeting - Site Visit with Ridgeloch Community
Summer 2023 Estimated Project Design Complete
Early 2024 Estimated Construction Completion


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.