Riverwalk Greenway and Related Pedestrian Connections

Riverwalk is an approximately 1.8-mile, 8-foot-wide, asphalt, accessible urban greenway proposed along the Eno River corridor. The greenway is being constructed in three phases and will connect into regional trail systems.

Riverwalk Phase I, completed in 2009, is a 0.3 mile section within Gold Park and is part of nearly 1-mile of paved loop trails in the park.

Riverwalk Phase II, completed in 2014, provides an east-west connection between existing trails in Gold Park and River Park in downtown Hillsborough. It will include loop trails and connections to the downtown Hillsborough commercial district and nearby neighborhoods. This section of Riverwalk is the primary route for the N.C. Mountains-to-Sea Trail and will be the first section of the statewide trail system to be constructed in Orange County. Riverwalk II is one of the few sections of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail located in an urban environment.

Riverwalk Phase III is under construction and expected to open in Fall 2014.  This trail segment will connect River Park behind the Orange County Justice facility to lands owned by Classical American Homes Preservation Trust — the Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail system and possibly Ayr Mount Historic Site and its Poet's Walk. The trust is partnering with the town on the bridge design in this project so the bridges are consistent. 

Related Pedestrian Connector Projects

Calvin Street Greenway —The Calvin Street Greenway provides a neighborhood entrance and connection to Riverwalk and Gold Park. It is a 300-foot paved, accessible connection, with a 100-foot elevated walkway. The project is complete and open to the public.

CMAQ Sidewalk Connections Project — The CMAQ Sidewalk Connections Project includes four additional connector sidewalks along Occoneechee, Calvin, Nash and Allison streets as well as a greenway connection into Gold Park from Alison Street. These improvements are expected to be complete in early 2015 and are being provided by funds from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program and a local match.

This page will be updated as the Riverwalk planning and construction process progresses. Please contact the Planning Department with any questions.

Trail Detail from Gold Park to Downtown17.78 MB
Trail Detail from Occoneechee Mountain to Gold Park17.92 MB
Riverwalk Vicinity Map4.79 MB
CMAQ Sidewalk Connections Project3.23 MB
Trail Detail from Downtown to Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail13.74 MB