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Conservation of native and commercial plant species through displays and educational environment, on US 70 one mile west of I-95.

The mission of the Arboretum at Johnston Community College is to promote prudent and responsible use of cultivated plants and to promote the conservation of native species through the acquisition, evaluation and aesthetic display of selected plant materials in an educational environment for students, visitors, the green industry, and local citizens.

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Open 7 days a week, Daylight hours

1240 E. Market St.
Smithfield, NC 27577



The greenway trail entrance is located at the back of Smithfield Community Park and runs 3.0 miles along the Spring Branch to the Neuse River Walk at Smithfield Town Commons and is part of the Mountains to Sea Trail. The ten foot wide path accommodates hikers, runners and bikers.

600 Booker Dairy Rd.
Smithfield, NC 27577



  • The Buffalo Creek Greenway is 2.94 miles in length and is part of the Mountains to Sea Trail.
  • 10 ft pavement section with 2 ft stone shoulders.
  • 4 pre-engineered steel bridges and 250 feet of boardwalk.
  • Easements and/or land donations for construction were given at no cost.
  • Links Historic Downtown Business District to the northern and southern historic residential neighborhoods.
  • The greenway links four Town parks together and links two schools.
  • The entire 2.94 miles of greenway has no "at grade crossings" of roadways.
  • Less than an acre of wetlands was impacted, that required mitigation.
  • Allows pedestrian access to the $11M community/aquatics center.
  • The greenway has 5 trail head parking lots.
  • Approx. 1800 ft. of greenway constructed with State Trails Funds (NCDENR).


Take a stroll along the Neuse River Walk in historic Smithfield's Town Commons. Watch nature, go fishing, or picnic along the river. A boat ramp is located at end of Front Street for canoes and kayaks.

200 S. Front St.
Smithfield, NC 27577


  • When Smithfield was chartered by the NC General Assembly in 1777, land along the east bank of the Neuse River was set aside as *commons* - in effect, a public park.
  • In the early 1970's, the Smithfield Year Round Garden Club, lead by Elizabeth "Lib" Morgan and the Boy Scout Troop 21 constructed the original Neuse River Nature Trail from the Girl Scout Hut on South Second St, to the old water plant area on North Front Street.
  • In 1975, the Smithfield Appearance Commission presented the Smithfield Town Council with plans for the establishment of the Town Commons Park area along the Neuse River, both on the north and south side of Market Street.


  • In 1977, when Smithfield celebrated its 200th birthday, a formal park was developed. The Bicentennial project included construction of a boat ramp at the approximate site of Smith's Ferry, a nature trail linking the boat-ramp area with the Jaycee Kiddie Park adjacent to Riverside Cemetery, and later a stage facing the grassy bank between the Legion Hut and Hastings House that created a natural amphitheatre was constructed by the Smithfield Kiwanis Club.
  • In 1986, Mr. Calvin Edgerton petitioned the Smithfield Town Council to support the inclusion of the Town Commons as a part of the Mountains to the Sea Trail.
  • In 1999, the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation raised approximately $45,000 through the sale of the original art and sale of limited edition lithograph prints of artist Renee Langdon - "Smith's Ferry"
  • In 2002, the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation received a $5,000 grant from the NC Trails Grant program and Phase 1 of Neuse Riverwalk was constructed.
  • In 2004, the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation received a $50,000 NC Trails Grant and Phase 2 and 3 of the Neuse Riverwalk was constructed.
  • In 2004 the Greenway Project was placed on the Transportation Improvement Program. Funding in the amount of $900,000 was earmarked from NCDOT and $100,000 from the Town of Smithfield.
Neuse River Walk Map

Launch your boat into the Neuse River at the Richarson's Bridge boat access located off SR 1201 off Brogden Road about 15 miles southeast of Smithfield. Turn right on Richardson's Bridge Rd., boat ramp is 3 miles on the right.

1592 Richardson Bridge Rd.
Princeton, NC 27569



Walking trail, play areas, basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer and baseball facility for tournaments. Picnic areas can be reserved for groups. Smithfield Community Park is located adjacent to the Smithifeld Recreation & Aquatic Center and along the back visitors will find the entrance to the Buffalo Creek Greenway, a 3-mile trail that runs along the Neuse River to Downtown Smithfield.

700 Booker Dairy Rd.
Smithfield, NC 27577



The Smithfield Recreation & Aquatics Center is home to the Smithfield Parks & Recreation Department that provides recreational programs for residents of the town and surrounding area. Visitors are welcome to take advantage of the outdoor facilities and day passes are available for the Aquatic Center facilities.

Located adjacent to the Aquatics Center is Smithifeld Community Park offering the following sports facilities: Baseball - 3 adult fields, 3 softball fields, 1 little league. Football/Soccer - 1 football/soccer, 1 adult soccer, 4 youth soccer. Tennis - 4 courts. Basketball - 2 outdoor courts, Smithfield schools.

600 Booker Dairy Rd.
Smithfield, NC 27577



Home to the annual Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival, the Neuse Little Theatre, and site of the new Neuse River Walk and Buffalo Creek Greenway, this five block nature park along the Neuse River offers picnic tables, trails, fishing, boat ramp, and Amphitheater.

The Smithfield Parks & Recreation Department manages the Town Commons for those groups interested in reserving space for special events.

200 S. Front St.
Smithfield, NC 27577




235-A East Market Street
Smithfield, North Carolina 27577

tel 919.989.8687  |  fax 919.989.6295
toll free 1.800.441.7829


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