Daily Archives: January 14, 2013

Spring in the winter. A walk along Capital Swamp Greenway.

The weekend weather was spectacular with temperatures in the 70s! Many Spring plants are blooming early, as well as the Winter bloomers!

Saffron Crocus in my garden.

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Prunus mume at JC Raulston Arboretum at NCSU.

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Daffodils at JCR.

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Hellebore in my yard.

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We decided to visit one of the greenways in Raleigh. My favorite greenway is what I call the Capital Swamp Greenway. It has a boardwalk that winds through a swamp, over a large and shallow body of water next to Raleigh Blvd, under Capital Boulevard, and then heads toward Wake Forest Road. It runs along  a heavily wooded section of Crabtree Creek once you leave the swamp area. Wildlife is abundant and its not crowded most days.

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The Gazebo and boardwalk along the marsh at Capital Swamp.

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Many turtles were sunning themselves on the warm day.

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Looking North from the boardwalk over the open water. There is a beaver den in the background.

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Looking North toward Highwoods Business Park over the open water.

I like to park at the lot on Crabtree Blvd just off  Raleigh Road inside the beltline. Its just a short walk to the boardwalk. We then walk all the way  almost to Atlantic Avenue. Its about a two mile walk.

There is an app you can download for free. It locates the greenways using GPS and also will track your mileage and time. The link is below.

Raleigh Greenways

The program shows the entire 77-mile greenway system including parking and weather. There is a ‘see,click,fix’ option for reporting repairs, fallen trees, or potholes.

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