One of Raleigh’s best features is its Capital Area Greenway system. With over 100 miles and enclosing 3700 acres, the Greenway system permits development, while still preserving nature. Imagine venturing only steps from your front door and strolling, biking, or running through the woods next to a creek spying on deer, bunnies, squirrels, and the occasional lizard or turtle. Everyone these days wants to achieve a healthier lifestyle for themselves and for their children. Raleigh’s Greenway system will help you do just that.
5 Ways Why the Capital Area Greenway System is Awesome:
- When you’re new in the neighborhood, the Greenway system is the best way to meet new friends who are also walking their dog or their strolling their children.
- There aren’t any cars to interfere with your walk; the trails are safe and very well-maintained. Talk about having nature right on your doorstep!
- Everyone these days wants to achieve a healthier lifestyle for themselves and for their children. Raleigh’s Greenway system will help you do just that. Walk or run before work or after dinner—there’s now no excuse to not get out and about.
- Thanks to its extensive and friendly interconnected trails, the Greenway links up its paths to many of Raleigh parks. Take the kids or your yourselves on a Sunday walk and enjoy the swings and slide for a few hours. Or pack a lunch and picnic in one of the many available park shelters.
- While many towns talk about access to trails and green spaces, Raleigh invested heavily in the Greenway project starting in 1974 for its citizens who were concerned about urban sprawl. And as a result, the Greenway system is a major draw for potential Raleigh homeowners.
A Few Rules to Note
To promote a safe and clean Greenway system are a few rules to remember:
- Pets must be on a leash no greater than 6 feet
- No smoking
- No consumption of alcohol
- Trail hours are from dawn to dusk
- No motorized vehicles
- Speed limit on the trails is limited to 10 mph
- Horses are prohibited
- If you’re under 16 you must wear a bike helmet when using your bike, scooter, or skates
How to Find a Trail Near You
- Finding your neighborhood trail or another trail that you might need to drive to is easy. Check out the City of Raleigh Trail Map which lists planned and existing trails, parking with trail access, along with parks and other amenities.
- You can also use your Smartphone to access the new app.
- You can also access GoogleMaps, by entering Raleigh, NC in the location window, making sure you are in the map view (not satellite view), then click on “Get directions” on the navigation bar at the left. You will then see four icons at the top of the bar, a car, a bus, a walker, and a bike. Click on the bike icon and all the greenways will be called out in dark green. Then if you want to lay out a route for a bike ride, you can enter locations in the destination windows A and B and drag the route around until you are satisfied. The City of Raleigh has created a KML file of its trail data that is best viewed by Google Earth according to its instructions.
- And this blog, the Raleigh Public Record, features several articles on the past, present and future of the Capital Area Greenway System.
What’s around a home matters more than the dwelling itself for quality of living. You’ll enjoy a fabulous quality of living when you choose to move to Raleigh and start accessing the Capital Greenway System.
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