Connecting Garner to Raleigh: Wake County Shares Sneak Peek of New Greenway

Walkers, cyclists, runners and residents are invited to explore the plans for a 6-mile section of the Swift Creek Greenway linking Raleigh and Garner. The proposed trail will follow Swift Creek from Lake Wheeler Park to Vandora Springs Road in Garner where it will connect to the town’s South Garner Greenway Extension.

View a map of the project here.

A community meeting will take place from 4–7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, in the conference room at Lake Wheeler Park, 6404 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. People are welcome to drop in anytime to view maps and conceptual designs. Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space staff and consultants will be on hand to answer any questions.

“Public input is critical to the planning process, and we want to hear what the community would like to see in this new greenway,” said Wake County Commissioner Don Mial. “I encourage everyone to share your thoughts with our team so we can truly make this a space that is welcoming to all.”

When complete, the Swift Creek Greenway will connect residents to nature, serve as an alternate transportation opportunity, provide an environmental education resource, and create new recreational opportunities between Apex, Cary, Raleigh and Garner. The design process will take approximately one year, wrapping up in spring 2024. Construction would be dependent on future funding.

Design on the Swift Creek Preserve, a separate project, started in fall 2022 and will continue and be incorporated as part of the overall Swift Creek Greenway Plan. Wake County has continued to partner with municipalities on greenway projects under the guidance of the Wake County Greenway System Plan, which strives to create a connected and comprehensive system of greenway trails that enhances quality of life throughout Wake County.

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