Each month in 2023 (other than January), The Cary Report will feature a different greenway! There are 39 greenways located in Cary, and each article will feature information about the greenway so that you can plan your next walk. You can click here to view the others!
Of all the greenways located in Cary, few are as important (or big) as the White Oak Creek Greenway. Part of the Maine-to-Florida East Coast Greenway, White Oak Creek offers around 7.5 miles of paved paths and bridges that lead from Fred G. Bond Park to the American Tobacco Trail.
May is national bike month, and White Oak Creek Greenway is the perfect place to celebrate. While riding on White Oak Creek, you’ll travel through tall trees, bridges over wetlands, and eventually arrive at the American Tobacco Trail where you can continue your ride if you’re feeling ambitious (the entirety of the American Tobacco Trail is 22 miles). White Oak Creek is also a great spot for runners looking to test their endurance.
There are several spots where you can hop on the White Oak Creek Greenway. The official beginning of the trail is at Bond Park (801 High House Road), where there is plenty of parking and even a self-serve bike repair tool where you can inflate your tires before your ride. If the full greenway feels too daunting but you still want to make it to the end, another good starting point is Ed Yerha Park (1216 Jenks Carpenter Rd, Cary, NC 27519).
The town of Cary plans to link White Oak Creek Greenway with the Black Creek Greenway to become over 14 miles of continuous trails. You can access Black Creek Greenway from Bond as well, which will lead you to the northern part of Cary near Lake Crabtree, though part of the trail is currently closed for maintenance.
White Oak Creek is entirely paved, with the exception of some sections that turn into bridges. It is mostly flat, making it accessible to most fitness levels. Celebrate bike month and take a relaxing ride through White Oak Creek!