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New greenway connects Knightdale to extensive trail network 

The boardwalk pictured is part of Knightdale's newly finished Mingo Creek Trail with Interstate 540 in the background. Photo credit: Town of Knightdale
People in Knightdale love the active lifestyle. This fast-growing Raleigh suburb boasts the youngest median age of any municipality in Wake County (30.8 years), and its shaded neighborhoods are filled with families who like to keep moving.

This spring, a brand new way to get around opens to the public. The new Mingo Creek Trail is a 2.5-mile greenway that connects Knightdale neighborhoods to Raleigh’s extensive Neuse River Trail. Part asphalt, part boardwalk, the Mingo Creek Trail is built to the same specifications as the Neuse River Trail, so runners, cyclists and walkers can enjoy a seamless experience between the two.

“Our town council enthusiastically supports physical activity,” said Knightdale Mayor Russell Killen. “This new greenway provides easy access to a beautiful natural setting that our residents are really excited about.”

The new trail meanders along the picturesque Mingo Creek, eventually connecting to Raleigh at the Neuse River pedestrian bridge. From there, visitors can travel north as far as Falls Lake in North Raleigh or south as far as Clayton. Along the Knightdale section, mile markers are posted every quarter mile so athletes can easily keep up with their progress. The trail is 10-feet wide, allowing plenty of room for bicycles and strollers.

“Knightdale has grown very quickly in recent years, and it looks like that will continue for a while,” said Tina Cheek, Knightdale Parks and Recreation Director. “With lots of new families, we’re seeing a renewed appreciation for outdoor amenities. The Mingo Creek Trail is part of a comprehensive plan to provide an atmosphere that encourages physical activity.”

The amenities also provide an opportunity for neighbors to meet. The real estate website, Safewise, mentioned the new greenway when it named Knightdale to this year’s list of 50 safest places in North Carolina. “Making families happy is at the top of Knightdale’s to-do list,” the site said. “Packed with parks and greenways, Knightdale is committed to creating outdoor space that brings families out of their homes and helps them get to know their neighbors.”