People walking on the greenway trail


Crabtree Creek West Trail

Connecting Raleigh

The Crabtree Creek West Trail is the remaining trail section of the Crabtree Creek Greenway corridor and will extend from the existing terminus at Lindsay Drive to the eastern boundary of Umstead State Park on Ebenezer Church Road. This proposed trail section is approximately two miles in length and is a critical link in a regional greenway system, connecting multiple neighborhoods and business centers in Raleigh. 

Project Details

Greenways and Trails
Stewart Engineering, Ecological Engineering, LLP, Ramey Kemp & Associates, RK&K, Crowder Construction Company



Lisa Schiffbauer - Planning and Design

Grady McCollum - Construction

Lead Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Participating Department:
Engineering Services




This phase is complete.


The design team worked through the design of the pedestrian structures and the project permitting. It took more time than expected to work through the analysis of the flood model study. As a result, we had to take a step back and reevaluate the pedestrian bridge stream crossings to eliminate a rise in the flood elevation. 

We now have the design approach worked out, however, this requires many levels of review and permitting including City, state, and federal. In addition, the staff worked on property acquisitions that support the project alignment and parking areas.


A notice to proceed (NTP) has been issued to the City's construction contractor, Crowder Construction Company, to begin on October 11, 2021. The contractor will start with the installation of tree protection fencing along the project corridor. Tree removal within the project's permitted limits of disturbance following the tree protection installation and inspection. 

The access point and parking lot at 4000 Lindsay Drive are currently closed due to the construction of the Crabtree Creek West Trail project. City staff is working with the contractor to establish pedestrian access during some portion of the construction period. However, this has not yet been established, and therefore this access will remain closed until an update is provided. As part of the first phase of the project, a pedestrian structure is being constructed across Crabtree Creek, which will provide a pedestrian connection from Lindsay Drive to Picardy Drive. The next closest available access is located at 4330 Galax Drive. Please comply with posted closures for your safety.

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Crabtree Creek West Trail – Construction Starts in October

The City is extending the Crabtree Creek Greenway Trail from Lindsay Drive to the eastern edge of Umstead State Park. Construction is starting in October and is anticipated to last two years as the City’s Contractor, Crowder Construction Company, constructs approximately two miles of new trail completing Raleigh’s Crabtree Creek Greenway Corridor.


Phase details coming soon.


The Capital Area Greenway System was first adopted by City Council in 1976. This plan proposed a system of linear parks located primarily along rivers, streams, and creeks, and included the opportunity for an interconnected system of pedestrian trails across the region. The existing Crabtree Creek Trail extends from Lindsay Drive, east of Duraleigh Road to the Neuse River Trail.


The Crabtree Creek West Trail project is funded by the 2014 Parks Bond Referendum, federal transportation funding through CAMPO’s Locally Administered Project program (LAPP), and Wake County Open Space Grant.

This project is important both locally and regionally. This is the last remaining incomplete major segment of the three main greenway corridors included in the Capital Area Greenway System - the Neuse River, Crabtree Creek, and Walnut Creek. Crabtree Creek has been identified in the System Plan as a Cross-City Connector, emphasizing its importance locally. 

From a regional perspective, the completion of the Crabtree Creek West Trail project will connect the Neuse River Trail, on the eastern side of Wake County, to the American Tobacco Trail, on the western side of Wake County. By completing this trail, and the White Oak Creek Trail in Cary/Apex, residents and visitors will be able to travel across Wake County, from north to south on the American Tobacco Trail or the Neuse River Trail, or east to west between the two trails on the Crabtree Creek Trail and White Oak Creek Trail. The project scope includes a 12-foot wide trail facility, five pedestrian bridges, and signage. 

Primary stakeholders include NC State Parks (William B. Umstead State Park), Hanson Aggregates Southwest, and the adjacent communities of Oak Park, Laurel Hills, and the Hamptons at Umstead. Public participation for this project took place between November 2015 and March 2016. Two public meetings were held where community members were invited to review plans, ask questions, and provide comments.  The project's proposed alignment and parking locations were also presented to the Parks, Recreation and Greenways Advisory Board (PRGAB) where members of the public were able to express questions, concerns, and support for and about the project recommendations.


Date Activity
Spring 2016 Public Process Complete
December 2020 Design and Permitting Complete
Early 2021 NCDOT Review Complete
February 2021 Expected to Receive NCDOT Authorization for Bidding
Spring 2021 Bid Coordination
Summer 2021 Award Bid
October 11, 2021 Begin Construction
October 2023 Complete Construction

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