After discussing several of the walking trails in Fuquay during our last post, we will now cover one that is “closer to home.” While there are almost too many on-site amenities to mention in one post at South Lakes, one, in particular, will be the focus of this our second of three posts on trails and parks in town. The amenity I speak of is the South Lakes Greenway Trail, and like the ones mentioned in the last article, it provides great scenery and the perfect outlet for a walk, run, or ride. The difference, however, is that this trail is accessible right from your own neighborhood.
Before we get into all the wonderful things attached to having access to a greenway trail, basically in your own backyard, here is a historical timeline of the planning and process of introducing the South Lakes Greenway Trail.
A Timeline History of the South Lakes Greenway Trail
- 2007- South Lakes new home community opens. It features its own scenic greenway trail on-site.
- 2011- Approval of plans for expansion. The changes proposed would entail the South Lakes Greenway Trails connecting to other trails and parks.
- 2013- After final approval, construction begins on the existing trail.
- 2014- The construction is finished. The South Lakes Trail becomes a 2-mile path. Additionally, it provides residents a scenic and serene passage to other area trails. Likewise, the trail gives a direct path to Fuquay’s Old Honeycutt Road Park.
Expansion of the South Lakes Trail and Adding a Connector
In early 2011, plans were set forth to begin expanding the South Lakes neighborhoods focus on providing residents’ outdoor living options. When first opening, there was a shorter portion of the greenway trail accessible from the neighborhood. However, with the rising demand for active lifestyle amenities, South Lakes looked to the future.
It was that Spring (2011) that the idea to extend the South Lakes Greenway Trail was introduced. The new addition is a connector from the neighborhood to the larger Depot Trail and other Fuquay-Varina parks as well.
While the trail initially was constructed by the South Lakes team, the Town of Fuquay-Varina has been very hands-on and actually has taken over ownership and the maintaining of the South Lakes Greenway Trail.
Where Do We Connect??? What Do We Connect To???
This construction for expanding the trail took place along South NC Highway 55. It was to connect the Depot Trail to the pre-existing South Lakes Greenway Trail. In the late Summer of 2013, these expansion efforts began. Once the work was finished in 2014, the Greenway now runs directly through South Lakes.
Consequently, the add-on to the trail would connect the South Lakes Greenway Trails to existing Wake County Greenway Trails. Similarly, it gives residents a spectacular, scenic route to Fuquay’s Old Honeycutt Road Park and beyond.
The town is an ideal spot for your active lifestyle and all your outdoor living aspirations. A detailed look at the Town of Fuquay-Varina outdoor living options will follow in this series of articles. For more information on all of the trails and parks across town, visit fuquay-varina.org.