After a two-month delay because of weather and unexpected obstacles, the Mingo Creek Greenway opened last week, connecting Knightdale’s greenway system to Raleigh’s Neuse River Trail.
The roughly 2.5-mile trail connects Knightdale residents to more than 30 miles of greenway in and around Raleigh.
“The Mingo Creek Trail was built to the same specifications as the Neuse River Trail,” said Fred Boone, Knightdale’s town engineer. “In fact, we even used the same engineer who designed the trail in Raleigh. We want to provide a seamless experience for people coming and going to our community.”
The trail was supposed to open to the public in early spring, but had to be delayed because of weather that made it impossible to work on the trail.
During construction, workers also came across large rocks that made it difficult to put posts for the boardwalk into the ground. Workers were able to install the boardwalk around the rocks, but it took more time than planned.
The town will hold a ribbon-cutting on Aug. 25 for the Mingo Creek trail.
By connecting to Raleigh’s greenway system, Mingo Creek also provides Knightdale residents with the opportunity to reach the N.C. Mountains to Sea Trail by way of the Neuse River Trail.
Knightdale Parks and Recreation Director Tina Cheek said the town’s greenway plans started to form about 20 years ago, and she isn’t sure whether connecting to the Mountains to Sea Trail was a priority or a goal.
But when it came time to make the trail a reality, Cheek said the connection to the state-wide trail was definitely a selling point.
“We knew putting Mingo Creek in was certainly going to connect us there by way of the Neuse River Trail,” she said.
The statewide route, which includes large stretches of road where the trail is incomplete, coincides with a small part of Raleigh’s greenway system near Wake Forest.