Cary, North Carolina, has earned a reputation for its commitment to providing residents with a high quality of life, and one shining example of this dedication is the extensive network of greenways crisscrossing the city. Over the years, my family has explored what Cary has to offer and we just love this place.  In our first blog, we wanted to share the history of Cary's greenways, delve into the top reasons these scenic pathways are vital to our community, and explore how they inspired the creation of Greenway Residential, a cleaning company dedicated to helping residents make the most of their time enjoying local treasures.

A Brief History of Cary Greenways:

Cary's greenway system traces its roots back to the late 20th century when the town recognized the importance of preserving natural spaces, promoting outdoor activities, and providing community gardens. In the early 1980s, the town established the initial greenway plan, outlining a vision to connect neighborhoods, parks, and other points of interest through a network of pedestrian-friendly trails. Over the years, the town has consistently expanded and improved this network, creating a haven for residents seeking both recreation and tranquility.

The Current Greenway Network:

As of 2024, Cary boasts an impressive network with over 70 miles of greenways that offer diverse landscapes and scenic routes for walkers, joggers, and cyclists. This system also includes over 30 public parks and natural areas and continues to grow as new greenway projects are pulled together by the community.

Our Favorite Greenways:

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve Trail:

This preserve has a beautiful trail that suits young children or older folks interested in taking a stroll.  When our boys were small they loved the park area, nature programs and classes.  As they've gotten older we still drag them along for relaxing walks on nice days.

White Oak Creek Greenway: 

This Greenway is truly amazing; it connects Cary to the East Coast Greenway, which  aspires to eventually connect from Maine to Florida!  With multiple trailheads attached to kid activity hubs, this is the greenway if you want to get in a run or bike ride while your kids are in practice.  On a nice day, starting at the Bond Park trailhead is a beautiful way to make it through the city.

American Tobacco Trail: 

There's not much to be said about the American Tobacco Trail that hasn't already been said.  The New Hope Valley Railroad built this 22 Mile "rails-to-trails" project in 1905. It’s a great trail for bike riding, walking or just getting from here to there. This is where we took each of our kids for their first “real” bike ride after they were done with training wheels.  They loved the freedom, taking off down the wide trails, parents barely in sight.

The Creation of Greenway Residential:

Inspired by the beauty and community spirit embodied by Cary's greenways, we founded Greenway Residential with a mission to help residents reclaim their time. As a Family of 6, we love knowing we can help other families relax and enjoy the local attributes of Cary, from its vibrant green spaces to community events.  As residents of Cary ourselves, we understand the value of cherishing the local treasures that make this town special. We chose the name Greenway Residential to reflect our deep appreciation for Cary's greenways and the lifestyle they afford.

Remember to take some time back from your busy schedule.  Prioritize yourself, your family and your community by taking some time to enjoy the natural wonders that surround us.  Feel free to give us a call, we will get some of that time back for you.