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Wake Greenway May Bring 28 Miles of New Pavement to Triangle North Carolina

roadskater's picture

It's only a dream right now but it looks as though it is a possibility that there will be a 28-mile paved greenway in Wake County by some time around 2012 if all goes well. There are plenty of reasons it could fail, but seemingly the folks involved get it that a long paved trail has enormous health and financial benefits for individuals, businesses and governments thereupon. Take a look at the Pinellas Trail or the Silver Comet! What used to be cheap land by the tracks is now hot property by the exercise greenway. Where would you rent or buy? In the middle of nowhere, or in the middle of nowhere with a 28-mile exercise trail out your back door? Sweet! You go, Triangle!

Greenway to hug Neuse, span Wake - News & Observer -

News & Observer

Greenway to hug Neuse, span Wake
News & Observer, NC - 13 hours ago
STAFF PHOTO BY ROBERT WILLETT BY THE NUMBERS RALEIGH - Local government leaders are working to build a paved greenway that will run along the banks of the ...
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Falls Lake Dam (Falls of the Neuse) Wake Forest, North Carolina
United States
35° 56' 26.952" N, 78° 34' 57.468" W


skatey-mark's picture

cool - more trails!

It sounds like this is just one piece of a larger plan, too... They mention the "mountains to sea" trail. How cool would it be if the MTS went through Greensboro? Then we'd have a skating path from the Triad to the Triangle (and beyond!) - SM -
roadskater's picture

Sad for Some, Sweet for Others, No Pavement in Guilford MST M2S

It would be sweet indeed. However, I think the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in Guilford will be maintained mostly as a hiking trail, which is nice to have also, even if I can't skate it. I've been looking for the best route down that way and it appears that from the southern part of Greensboro, NC-1005 or Alamance Church Road, which becomes Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road gets you to University Lake at Jones Ferry Road, and this is mentioned in some routes as a good bicycling road. Another idea is to follow the old railway lines and highways that accompanied them often, in a route that would be NC-22 and Old 421, down to the area where Old US 1 comes from Apex. It might be possible to scout a route on those lines, but it would be further. The advantage of routing near railways is that in general these routes are chosen to avoid steep inclines, and there would be old, small towns along the way too. Just another on the list of to-do items. The idea is to find skate and bike routes that can be combined with railway access so you can take the train out or back from an excursion. Alternately, perhaps an overnight and return trip the next day would work, if one had the time and stamina.

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