Walnut Creek Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews

Walnut Creek Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Raleigh, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.8 miles
134 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly


mountain biking

road biking

trail running






The Walnut Creek Trail follows Walnut Creek across southern Raleigh, extending over 15 miles one-way from the Neuse River Trail to Lake Johnson. Features interconnected paved greenway and some roadway connectors in south Raleigh - Good for walking and biking. - Provides connections with the Centennial Bikeway Connector, Rocky Branch Trail, Little Rock Trail, and the Neuse River Trail. - Provides a range of landscapes and environments to experience, from natural, to urban, to residential. - The eastern section of the Walnut Creek Trail is designated as part of the East Coast Greenway Trail (ECG). The ECG is a long distance nationwide trail that winds its way between Canada and Key West, linking all of the major cities of the eastern seaboard. The Walnut Creek Trail is separated into different sections: Lake Johnson to Centennial Campus Trail starts at Lake Johnson Loop, from the Lake Johnson Nature Preserve area. Trail connects first with Trailwood Drive, and continues left 400 feet north on Trailwood Drive to connect with right turn at sidewalk at Avent Ferry Road. Trail continues with a right turn just past Walnut Creek bridge on Avent Ferry Road. Centennial Campus to Walnut Creek Wetland Center Trail from Centennial Campus travels under several road bridges, passing by Lake Raleigh, NC State Centennial Campus, Farmer's Market and to Eliza Pool Park near Water Works Street. Trail is tricky from here. Take left on Water Works and go north on Fayetteville Street, then take a section of the Rocky Branch Trail south and crosses busy pedestrian crossing, and then head along Wilmington Street to Walnut Creek Wetland Center. Walnut Creek Wetland Center to Worthdale Park Go across Rose Lane, continue on the sidewalk of Little John Road, then east to Worthdale Park. Connections to Little Rock Trail, Walnut Creek Wetland Center, and Apollo Heights Park. Worthdale Park to Neuse River Trail Approximately one mile of trail between New Hope Road and 440 is a gravel/stone base trail. Includes almost one mile of boardwalks through extensive wetland and natural areas, with connections to Worthdale Park, Walnut Creek Softball Complex, and the Walnut Creek Amphitheater, finishing at connection to the paved Neuse River Trail.

1 month ago

Unless you are using it as an access point to the neuse trail, don't bother. Too confusing and tends to be rather trashed in spots.

3 months ago

the paved part is right behind my house. walk parts of it everyday with the dog. the water is gross though. Dog stunk after swimming in it.

8 months ago

Nice walk, only did the Centennial Greenway portion. Well marked, however it is best to park at the farmers market and access it from there.

road biking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

I do really like this trail. My problem is the signage. Coming from the Neuse Trail end, you will be let off in the street 4.5 miles into it with no direction to the trail. Just go down the street for a half mile or so. Once you get to the end of the street, the trail picks up again. The next problem is 10.5 miles into it. The trail turns into the Rocky Branch unless you turn left, and go maybe 20 yards on a thin rocky path to pick the trail up again. From here, turn left on Fayetteville St. Hang a right on Water Works St., and the trail picks up down the road a bit on the left. Once you hit NC State, THERE IS NO SIGNAGE. You will be let off at Avant Ferry Rd with no direction. Hang a left, and after construction is finished, you should be able to pick it up on Trailwood Dr. Until then, go down to Gorman St. You will pick it up again 1/4 mile down, across the street. This will take you to Johnson Lake Trail. This trail is a very scenic, and hilly loop. Definitely worth it.

I liked this ride, but spent way too much time trying to find my way around it.

road biking
Saturday, January 02, 2016

Great trail for a bike ride. Starting at the Lake Johnson Parking lot [there are two lots - one on each side of the lake], I took a great January 1st ride around the south end of Lake Johnson - lots of quick challenging ups and downs, rode down to Trailwood road, and then the trail goes left to Avent Ferry for 400 feet, and then along the sidewalk to the right and back on greenway just after the bridge across the creek. From there it travels along the southside of Centennial Campus, under a few roads - only one of the road tunnels is lit, so be careful. You pass Lake Raleigh [good place to chill on the dam or on three docks] and then to the Raleigh Water Works. Here the trail gets sort of lost heading north up Water Works Street and to Fayetteville/ Wilmington Streets... I elected to turn around at this point, retracing my route and finishing on the north flatter side around Lake Johnson. Great bike ride and good for walking some of the sections. Can get crowded at Lake Johnson [the parking lot was completely full], most of the rest of the trail is lightly traveled. Another route to try is from Anderson Park south on the Neuse River Trail to Walnut Creek Trail and the Amphitheater...

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