We Need Your Help!

We Need Your Help! Bolin Creek and its forest are threatened again! Your help is needed to conserve this forest in Carrboro’s heart from a proposed plan to build a bikeway along Bolin Creek. Construction would require blasting and clearing to a minimum of 30 feet, removing trees along the creek bank.

Why?  The Town of Carrboro’s Board of Aldermen has decided to consider again the feasibility of building a concrete bikeway along Bolin Creek itself between Homestead Road and Estes Extension. If the Board of Aldermen were to vote to proceed, a bikeway along this section of Bolin Creek would be constructed on the edge of Bolin Creek, thus destroying the riparian buffer the birds and other wildlife depend upon.

Where?  Bolin Creek winds for 2 miles through a 400 acre forest within a unique natural setting of stunning beauty, historical significance, documented ecological value, and offers humans much needed serenity as our towns have become more urban. See map.

What Happened?

  • In early 2009, Town planning staff contracted with a consultant to develop a “Conceptual Greenway plan” concept plan for CAarrboro.
  • In December 2009 the Board of Aldermen approved and asked staff to implement and construct selected greenways that are now underway.  A number of options were proposed for phases 3 and 4. Citizens expressed concern that what amounts to a 10-foot-wide paved road, described as a “transportation corridor”, would harm water quality and the fragile ecological health of the forest. As a result, the BOA said in their resolution that they would not consider the matter further until the staff proposed a process for public engagement for phases 3 and 4.
  • In January 2010, the BOA charged the town’s Greenways Commission to discuss the controversial proposal in 2010 and make a recommendation. After deliberation at monthly meetings for over a year, the Commission finally resolved in March 2011 that the controversial concept did not bear further discussion given that planned alternative bike connections, specifically along Seawell School Road were already planned.
  • In June 2016, seven years after the passage of the Concept Plan, the BOA asked the staff to return with a process for a community discussion about the controversial proposal.  Stay tuned.

Our Forest is Endangered.  Bolin Creek flows into Jordan Lake, a water supply for more than a half million people.

  • Bolin Creek and its forest have been called by former N.C. Botanical Garden Director Peter White “our Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”
  • Bolin Creek shelters hawks, owls, herons, woodpeckers, box turtles, deer, beavers, coyotes, numerous other birds, as well as the rare four-toed salamander.
  • Bolin Creek’s forest protects us from further climate change by providing a wide stretch of tree canopy that acts as a carbon sink.

Make Your Voice Heard!  Here is What You Can Do.

  • Sign the Save Bolin Creek petition now!
  • Tell your friends, neighbors, family and others about what’s at stake.
  • Speak up at public meetings when elected officials ask your opinion.
  • Talk to elected officials about why you love the forest.
  • Join our newsletter list by signing up on the right panel of this page.


For more information or questions about how to help, contact friendsofbolincreek@gmail.com

Thanks, Friends of Bolin Creek
Artist’s map by Geneva Green, Geneva’s website: Greenstone Quarterly