For those of you who like to stand on formality, the official opening of the first stretch of the Neuse River Trail is Wednesday at 3 p.m. For those of you who like to stand on accuracy, the trail clocks in at 6.46 miles, not the 8 that I have previously reported.
When it’s completed at the end of next year, Neuse River Trail will run 28 miles, from the base of Falls dam in North Raleigh downstream to the Johnston County line. (There, it will join with 5 miles of about-to-be-completed trail that continues down river into Clayton.) This first 6.5-mile downpayment has, more or less, been open about a month, and people have been using the trail in pieces since the first mile was paved in June. I rode the trail Wednesday and was told by a regular who lives just off the trail that it is being well used.
“Saturday and Sunday afternoons from about 11 to 3 it’s packed,” she said.
As for the distance I’d been reporting, that was based on the original plan, which was to have the trail cross the Neuse at Horseshoe Farm and take in some of the Raleigh nature park. That plan has changed; the greenway will now cross the Neuse just upstream from U.S. 401. As I reported two weeks ago, construction is gearing up at several locations along the Neuse.
For now, I’ll leave you with map of the completed Neuse River Trail to help on your visit and a little slideshow to encourage you to do so.
And perhaps I’ll see you at tomorrow’s dedication.
View Neuse River Trail, Phase 1 in a larger map