Smithfield | Buffalo Creek Greenway

3.3 miles

The $1.2 million Buffalo Creek Greenway opened in 2010, creating a fun and functional link between Bob Wallace Kiddie Park and Smithfield Community Park, featuring the Smithfield Recreation & Aquatics Center, a 2-year-old 71,000-square-foot facility featuring an 8-lane indoor pool, splash park, indoor track, gym, racquetball and more.

Though only 3.3 miles in length, the Buffalo Creek Greenway is a good destination for families with young kids on bikes. The trail starts from the Bob Wallace Kiddie Park (and Riverside Cemetery — always good sightseeing) follows the Neuse River, passing the Neuse Little Theatre, before heading up Buffalo Creek to Smithfield Community Park. Spend time playing at the Aquatics Center, or return along the greenway to downtown Smithfield for a matinee at the historic Howell Theatre (“Home of the $3.00 movie”), a visit to the Ava Gardner Museum, or to simply explore the historic homes on wide, bike-friendly streets.

Smithfield | Buffalo Creek Greenway Distances

Smithfield | Buffalo Creek Highlights

Length: 3.3 miles
Exploring downtown Smithfield: Smithfield on the weekends can be downright sleepy. The Howell Theatre and Ava Gardner Museum are both open (as is the public library on Market Street — until 5 p.m.!). Orchard House Booksellers at 117 N. 3rd St. is a good spot to get coffee and loll about, and there’s the Neuse Little Theatre. The town’s wide, tree-lined streets and minimal traffic enhance the experience of exploring the town’s historic homes.
Smithfield Community Park: Located at the greenway’s northern trailhead, the park has a boatload of ballfields, playground and the Smithfield Recreation & Aquatic Center with an indoor 8-lane pool, splash pool, racquetball, basketball and a bunch of other activities.
Greenway hours: 4:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. or 30 minutes after dark.
Speed limit: 10 mph
Nice touch for runners: Markers ever two-tenths of a mile.
Nice touch for everyone: The greenway crosses no streets.
Skateboards allowed? No