Once a year, thousands of sunflowers pop up at Mile Marker 23 on the Neuse River Greenway Trail. Those who know about the attraction wait with anticipation for the blooms to appear. Usually the sunflowers can be seen between late June and mid-July.
I saw pictures last year of the gorgeous sunflowers, and I knew that I wanted to see them this year. When I started seeing posts on social media, my daughter and I headed out to see them in person. It was worth the 30-minute drive to see them flowers. They are absolutely gorgeous.
What's interesting is the City of Raleigh grow the sunflowers to be used to produce biofuel. The sunflower seeds are crushed to make the biodiesel fuel.
To access the trail, park at the Auburn-Knightdale lot at 2901 Auburn-Knightdale Road (about 2 miles to the sunflowers) or at the Mial Plantation access point at 6008 Mial Plantation Road (about 1.5 miles to the sunflowers).