The local municipalities that maintain greenways typically provide maps online. Triangle Greenways provides physical copies of those maps at its many volunteer activities. Many of the municipalities also provide copies upon request. You can find books with regional and statewide coverage at your local library, and many local bookstores sell copies. Trails of the Triangle by Allen De Hart is a tremendous resource. Links to municipal and other online resources for trail maps may be found below.
Start by accessing GoogleMaps, enter Raleigh, NC in the location window, make sure you are in the map view (not satellite view), then click on "Get directions" on the navigation bar at the left. You will then see four icons at the top of the bar, a car, a bus, a walker, and a bike. Click on the bike icon and all the greenways will be called out in dark green. Then if you want to lay out a route for a bike ride, you can enter locations in the destination windows A and B and drag the route around until you are satisfied. Check our this video for additional information on GoogleMaps. The City of Raleigh has created a KML file of its trail data that is best viewed by GoogleEarth according to its instructions.
The City of Raleigh Greenway Trail System encompasses 63 miles on 3,000 acres of City controlled property as of 2010. An online version of the map is available for download. The residents of Raleigh enjoy these vast natural corridors in the midst of an increasingly metropolitan footprint. The system, which began in the 1970's, is one of the best municipal trail systems in the country. A boon to joggers, walkers, bikers, and nearly every other form of non-motorized transportation, the greenway system enhances quality of life.
The City of Durham boasts an extensive system of trails in the heart of a major watershed. Home to the American Tobacco Trail. The 7.7-mile American Tobacco Trail is part of a 22-mile stretch running from downtown Durham to southwestern Wake County. The trail continues from NC 54 north to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the American Tobacco Campus. The Triangle Greenways Council acquired and transfered a parcel used for trailhead parking off Fayetteville Street.
Apex's main trail is Beaver Creeky running about three miles from Town Side Dr. to Olive Chapel Road. The Town plans to expand this stretch east to downtown and west to the American Tobacco Trail.
Morrisville hosts the Hatcher Creek greenway at the community park. The Indian Creek Greenway, which will run along Morrisville-Carpenter Road will interconnect the existing system.
The Town of Cary has historically developed opportunities for pedestrian use of its natural areas. Within its parks, there are numerous miles of natural walking trails. Complimenting these park trails is a system of greenways criss-crossing the Town that continues to develop. Check out the Town's webpage that displays a table of greenway trails including mileage and links to detailed descriptions.
Wake Forest's longest greenway is the 3/4-mile Smith Creek greenway that runs behind the Caddell Woods and Moss Creek subdivisions. The remainder of the town's greenways are quarter- to half-mile sections at the Smith Creek Soccer Center, Kiwanis Park, Tyler Run Park, Flaherty Park, Miller Park and the Olde Mill Stream section of the Richland Creek Greenway.
One of the country's friendliest pedestrian towns hosts two miles of greenways just west of Chapel Hill. You'll be sure to find a friendly trailgoer in this haven of creative thought.
The 'Southern Part of Heaven' hosts an impressive system of trails. The Town provides opportunity for self-enrichment through trail based activities. Only a handful of paved greenway miles, the town has an abundance of natural surface trails that take advantage of every corridor into the heart of town.