Crabtree Creek Trail, Walnut Creek Greenway, Rocky Branch Trail, and House Creek Greenway Loop

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Crabtree Creek Trail, Walnut Creek Greenway, Rocky Branch Trail, and House Creek Greenway Loop is a 30.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and road biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 30.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,043 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

nature trips

road biking

walking

forest

lake

paved

river

views

wild flowers

bugs

Great trail for both biking and hiking/walking.

mountain biking
blowdown
washed out
1 month ago

The associated trail head for this trail is in an apartment complex where unauthorized vehicles are towed, so we started at the North Carolina Museum of Art to cross the I-440 beltline and start toward Meredith. This trail is a great trail around Raleigh, connecting Rocky Branch, Walnut Creek, Neuse River, Crabtree Creek and House trails to make a complete 32 mile loop with a few miles added to access from the art museum parking area. We elected to go counter-clockwise. Rocky Branch goes beside Meredith, through NC State's campus, past Pullen Park and Central Prison. There are parallel bike trails along Western Blvd, so be sure to be on the west side of the street when you get to Central Prison. From there you go down the greenway under multiple bridges to the Walnut Creek trail all the way to the Neuse River, go a short stint along the Neuse River Trail to Anderson Point Park where you pickup the Crabtree Creek trail that goes all the way to Crabtree Valley Mall, where you connect with the House trail that takes you back to the bridge across the beltline to the art museum. There are several areas where the hurricanes have created downed trees across the trail, the creek has washed away the asphalt or boardwalks have collapsed. Each area has "trail closed" markers, but no detour directions. Without these directions, we pressed on, having to lift our bikes over the rail or sometimes walk around damaged areas. Sticking close to the trail while being careful, we were able to get back on the trail each time. If you go all the way, you better be in shape; while the trail is mostly flat there are some challenging uphills. Near the lower end of the Crabtree Creek trail just past the Milburnie Road trail intersection is a lake full of blue herons and egrets, great for bird watching. All of the long boardwalks are amazing, but don't try to stop quickly or you may wipe out - they are slippery. We had a great time overall and after some bumps and bruises, drinking all of our water, getting cramps and riding under the threat of nearby thunderstorms, we victoriously completed the entire loop in about 5 hours, including 30 minutes of rest stops.

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