Black Creek Greenway
7-Mile Training Run
National Trails Day
& Black Creek Greenway Dedication June 1, 2013
|Come celebrate National Trails Day and 70 miles of greenways in the Town of Cary with a 7 mile training run on the Black Creek Greenway. The run will start by loading participants on a bus at the Bond Park Community Center. Runners will be taken to the Black Creek trailhead on Old Reedy Creek Road where they will begin their 7 mile trek back to Bond Park. Registrants need to average less than 10-minute miles to register for this event. This is self timed run and participants should finish the 7 mile greenway course in Bond Park by 8:30 a.m. The event will be limited to the first 70 registrants. Participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. There will be course monitors at each road crossing and water will be available on the course. Only registered runners will be allowed on the bus, no strollers, dogs, etc. will be transported. Proceeds from registration will benefit the Parks Recreation and Cultural Resources Scholarship Fund. Additional information will be provided after registration. Register at any Town of Cary Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources facility or on-line at https://classweb.townofcary.org/eConnect/Start/Start.asp|
Fee: $7 – includes commemorative t-shirt (spaces limited)
At the Triangle Aquatic Center
The Black Creek Greenway represents one of the Town's longest and most popular greenways due to its length and connection to other important recreational and open space areas. It now extends continuously from Lake Crabtree in the north starting at the Old Reedy Creek Trailhead (parking area currently in design) across town to the greenway hub located in Bond Park, the Town of Cary's largest municipal park. From there it connects to other trails, most importantly, the White Oak Greenway which is presently made up of 4.8 miles of trail sections and will eventually connect to the American Tobacco Trail as a continuous trail of over 7 miles.
Starting from the north, the trail begins at Old Reedy Creek Road where trail users can park alongside the road. The surface is asphalt and is continuous for a length of 2.5 miles from Old Reedy Creek Road to West Dynasty Road.
Approximately 1 mile to the south of the Old Reedy Creek Drive entrance is a beautiful observation deck that overlooks Lake Crabtree. In addition, North Cary Park, which is approximately 2 miles south from the Old Reedy Creek Road entrance, can be accessed from the Black Creek Greenway.
In addition to accessing the Black Creek Greenway from Old Reedy Creek Road, trail users can also reach Umstead State Park (5,000 acres) or the hiking and mountain bike trail network at Lake Crabtree County Park.
When traveling south on the 2.5 mile segment the trail will terminate at West Dynasty Road. There is a 0.3 mile break in the trail that requires taking a sidewalk link to the next segment. To continue on, take a right, heading west by sidewalk for 0.3 mile to the next segment of the Black Creek Greenway.
From W. Dynasty Road, the greenway extends for 1 mile to N.W. Maynard Road. There is a 24 car trailhead parking lot at the southern terminus of this segment of the Black Creek Greenway.
The next segment starts up on the other side of N.W. Maynard, within Godbold Park. This segment extends from N.W. Maynard to Chapel Hill Road, a distance of 0.3 miles.
Godbold Park is a 24 acre neighborhood park which includes Sk-8 Cary, a 12,000 sq. ft. skate park facility, as well as the Town’s only dog park.
- The next and most recently completed sections listed below will take you from a public art installation and greenway resting spot at the corner of N.W. Maynard and Chapel Hill Roads to the start of the last section at Castalia Drive.
- 0.4 mile segment along the frontage of the State Employees Credit Union located along N.W. Maynard Road to Carrousel Lane.
- At Carrousel Lane the trail heads away from Maynard through the neighborhoods for 0.9 mile after which you end up back on N.W. Maynard
- From there, follow the Street-Side Trail for 0.3 mile south until you cross High House Road where you find the trail heading off-road again for a 0.6 mile section through The Battery Subdivision. Within The Battery the trail makes an extra 0.33 mile loop around a scenic one-acre pond. The subdivision can be accessed from High House Road.
From here, the trail extends from Castalia Drive into Bond Park, a distance of 0.8 miles. It passes by the Boathouse facility located on Bond Lake and terminates at the Greenway Hub, site of an interpretive kiosk and the ground zero point for the Town's best known and longest greenways - White Oak and Black Creek as well as a well-developed trail network within Bond Park.
Directions & Parking
Given the length of the trail, there are multiple locations to access the Black Creek Greenway:
- Old Reedy Creek Road – Access to Old Reedy Creek Road from Weston Parkway. Parking allowed along either side of the road.
- North Cary Park - Northern trailhead with parking can be accessed from North Cary Park on Norwell Boulevard.
- N.W Maynard Black Creek Greenway Trailhead Parking Lot - Southern trailhead with parking located off N.W Maynard Road across from Godbold Park between Harrison Avenue and Chapel Hill Road.
- Godbold Park – Located on south side of N.W. Maynard, between Chapel Hill Road and Harrison. Parking is available to access trail.
- Bond Park – Parking available at several parking lots within Bond Park. Recommend accessing the Black Creek Greenway from the Boathouse Facility parking lot.