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Raleigh Sunflowers on the Neuse River Trail Greenway

Written by Carl Hedinger

Raleigh Sunflowers on the Neuse River Trail Greenway

When the hottest days of summer in North Carolina take hold, it’s the best time to walk along Raleigh’s Neuse River Greenway Trail. Why? Because it’s time to see Raleigh sunflowers, and this photo walk will show you how to reach them for 2017!

The Neuse River Greenway Trail

Raleigh North Carolina Neuse River Greenway

The Neuse River Greenway Trail is pretty awesome and not just about sunflowers, though we’ll get to those in a minutes. It’s 27.5 miles of paved trail and you can also canoeing, kayaking, and fishing in certain spots.

The Sunflower Field

Each year, the sunflowers move around different parts of the area around the Neuse River Greenway Trail.

Earth-friendly Sunflowers

According to locals in the area, these sunflowers are eventually taken and used for biofuel, so that’s another reason to go check this out and support the effort.

Arrive Early

Raleigh Neuse River Greenway Trail Sunflower

Recommendation: Arrive early at the sunflower field. Of course, I always say that if you want to avoid crowds. We arrived at 7:30 am and the people were already starting to gather!

Sunflowers Galore!

Neuse River Greenway Trail Sunflowers

Is it worth it? Maybe this batch of sunflower porn tells you what I think. Just seeing the colors and so many of them justify the drive and walk out there. Standing tall, which ain’t too bad when you’ve got the sun to contend with during the hot summer.

Raleigh Neuse River Trail Very Happy Sunflower

A happy sunflower is a good sunflower to see. Is this worth it?

Massive Sunflower Raleigh North Carolina

If you don’t live nearby, there are plenty of places to stay in the Raleigh area. Let us know if you’re coming and we might be able to arrange a meetup!

Getting to the Neuse River Sunflower Field

2017 Info Courtesy of Triangle Explorer

  1. Load up on sunscreen and water because there’s little to no shade along the way.
  2. We found the sunflowers around Mile Marker 23 of the Neuse River Greenway Trail in 2016. They do move each year and in 2017, they moved further down the trail at Mile Marker 25.25, along Old Baucom Rd. The specific address is 8232 Old Baucom Rd. 
  3. You can park at 6090 Mial Plantation Rd., about a mile away from the sunflower field.

Raleigh Neuse River Trail Sunflower

What do you think of these Raleigh sunflowers? Would you get up early or wait until later and brave the heat for them? I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments section below:) 

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About the author

Carl Hedinger

I’m a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family’s travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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