Segments 11-16 of the MST offer three options while construction of the MST is underway along the Neuse River between Smithfield and the Neusiok Trail in the Croatan National Forest: The “A” route, a paddling route on the Neuse River; the “B” pedestrian route, known as the Coastal Crescent; and the “C” route, the historic foot/biking route. This guide follows the Coastal Crescent route; for more information about the other routes, visit Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail’s trail guide page
Almost 37 miles of Segment 11B are on three segments of paved, multi-use greenway, the longest of which is 33 miles. Most of the greenway is called the Neuse River Trail
(NRT), but when it enters Johnston County, it changes its name to the Clayton River Walk and then to Sam’s Branch Greenway in Smithfield.
The Neuse River Trail
, Clayton River Walk and Sam’s Branch Greenway are all marked with mileposts every 1/4 mile. The many bridges on these greenways are all numbered. The Buffalo Creek Greenway (also known on maps as Smithfield Neuse Riverwalk) has mileposts every 0.2 mile. Each of these also has signs bearing the name of the greenway. There is no signage or blazing on the roads.
For more information about this segment, including camping, lodging, parking, shuttles, resupply information, and trail angels, as well as detailed, turn-by-turn directions, download a trail guide
from the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.