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. The maps at the bottom of this page show the location of the Riverwalk phases and the nearby pedestrian connections.

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 will provide 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 will connect from Allison Street to Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area to the west and from River Park 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. 


The construction bid for Phase II has been awarded to D.H. Griffin Construction Co., and construction is expected to start in fall 2013. The bid for design and engineering for Phase III has been awarded to Summit Design and Engineering Services, and permitting should take place in fall 2013. It is expected that both phases will be open for use in fall 2014. The Classical American Homes Preservation Trust will pursue a separate schedule of construction for portions of Phase III that are on its property.

Related Pedestrian Connector Projects

Calvin Street Greenway — Beyond the scope of the Riverwalk project, the Calvin Street Greenway will provide a connection from Calvin Street south to Riverwalk and Gold Park. This will be a 300-foot paved, accessible connection, with a 100-foot elevated walkway. The bid for construction of the Calvin Street Greenway has been awarded to McQueen Construction.

Sidewalk Connections Project — In addition, the Sidewalk Connections Project includes four additional connector sidewalks along Occoneechee, Calvin, Nash and Allison streets. These improvements will run on a parallel construction schedule to Riverwalk Phase II but are funded separately through funds from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program.


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