During the months of June and July, there is a special treat for greenway users along the Neuse River Trail. Guests will be able to enjoy a beautiful field of sunflowers.
The fields serve as an application site for biosolids from the Neuse River Resource Recovery Facility. The stabilized sludge (biosolids) is applied to the field as a fertilizer. The sunflowers are planted to keep the nitrogen-rich soil from washing into the streams and rivers in the watershed. Finally, the sunflowers are harvested and the seeds are used to produce biodiesel.
The flowers can be seen along the trail around Mile Marker 23 of the Neuse River Trail, near 2441 Brown Field Drive Road. To view the sunflowers, you can park at the Auburn-Knightdale lot located at 2901 Auburn-Knightdale Rd (approximately 2 miles to the sunflowers) or you can park at the Mial Plantation access point located at 6008 Mial Plantation Rd (approximately 1.5 hours to the sunflowers).
2441 Brown Field Drive Road, Raleigh, NC