Chapel Hill Celebrates National Trails Day with Greenway Grand Opening

Post Date:06/01/2017 3:50 PM

People of all ages are invited to attend and celebrate one of Chapel Hill’s great greenways at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 3, with the Grand Opening of Phase Three of the Bolin Creek Trail. The celebration will take place at Umstead Park, 339 Umstead Drive, Chapel Hill.

The celebration, coinciding with National Trails Day, marks the completion of one of the most challenging sections of the Chapel Hill greenways system. It includes an underpass of Pritchard Avenue, two bridges over Bolin Creek, and many retaining walls. The trail will allow for much easier future extensions into UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina North property, Carrboro and northwest Chapel Hill. 

Saturday’s celebration will include an easy hike (about eight-tenths of a mile total) from Umstead Park through the recently completed section under Pritchard Avenue Extension. There will also be a hike to the next major greenway extension, Phase Three of the Tanyard Branch Trail. Construction on that section, which will extend the trail into the Northside and downtown areas, is estimated to begin this summer.

Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger will be in attendance along with Parks, Greenways and Recreation Commission Chair Robert Myer, and Friends of Chapel Hill Parks, Recreation, and Greenways Chair Neil Bench.

The last section of the Bolin Creek Trail that remains unfinished is the connection underneath Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Mitigation continues regarding a coal ash dump site that was discovered under the Chapel Hill Police Department and could take another year to conclude before construction begins. More details about the project are available at

For more information, contact Bill Webster at or 919-968-2819.


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