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Summer 2013 - Greenway Getaways

GET OUT AND PLAY !

Get going and explore your community. Grab a bike and hit the trails. You never know what you’ll find along the way.

Explore Wetlands
contributed by Sherry Graham, director of Walnut Creek Wetland Center

Head to the Walnut Creek Wetland Center via Walnut Creek Trail which is connected to Little Rock Creek Trail and accessible via others trails.

The area offers real life lessons in wildlife habitat, hydrology, natural ecosystems and more to seek and find while you're on the move. The Greenway leads visitors over a boardwalk to the wetland. Ask about their scavenger hunts, too!

When you get there, rest on the rocking chairs, use the restrooms, refill your water bottle and explore until your heart is content.

  • Play a Game of Eye Spy
  • Discover Boneyard Lake
  • Look for the Beaver Activity
  • Listen for the Birds
  • Follow the Clues on Trees
  • Be on the Lookout for Gords
  • Don't miss the Cotton Plants
  • Step Inside to See Tadpoles or Frogs
  • Find the Hidden Letterboxes

Try a New Trail
Jump on the Neuse River Greenway Trail. It now extends from Falls Lake Dam to the WRAL Soccer Complex with plans to go all the way to the Wake/Johnston County line and connect to a number of other trails and communities. The Upper Neuse Connector recently opened and allows access from Wake Forest Smith Creek Greenway.

  • Cross a Suspension Bridge
  • Follow the River
  • Stop at Milburnie Dam
  • Picnic & Play at Anderson Point Park
  • Quietly Watch for Turtles and Rabbits
  • Bring a Book to Help ID Plants

Visit parks.raleighnc.gov for details and the Capital Area Greenway System Map.

Find Some Fun
Explore the Black Creek Trail, which just opened this spring. Advocates for Health in Action recommends the 7.1 miles of trails for families in and near Cary. To get started, take the trail from North Cary Park. You can park there and go in either direction. The sky is the limit!

  • Hike Around Umstead Park
  • Hit the Mountain Bike Trails
  • Check out Sk8-Cary Skate Park
  • Visit the Lake Crabtree Observation Deck
  • Look for Public Art
  • Bring Binoculars for Birding
  • Practice Nature Photography

Learn more about Black Creek Trail at townofcary.org.

 As published in Families First Magazine - Summer 2013

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