Living Here Guide

Take the scenic route on one of Charlotte’s greenways

The Little Sugar Creek Greenway connects Freedom Park to the Metropolitan shopping center.
The Little Sugar Creek Greenway connects Freedom Park to the Metropolitan shopping center. Charlotte Observer file photo

Mecklenburg County has more than 35 miles of developed and 150 miles of undeveloped greenways, allowing residents and visitors alike to explore the city on foot or bike.

The greenways connect neighborhoods, parks, office buildings, schools and stores. And the city and county are currently working to complete the Cross Charlotte Trail, a more than 30-mile long trail stretching from Pineville to University City.

These linear parks are not only beautiful, but protect water quality and wildlife habitat, and are perfect for commuting, relaxing or working out.

You can learn about all of the greenways on the Mecklenburg County website, www.meckncgov. Here are a few of our favorites:

Little Sugar Creek Greenway: The 4-mile paved Midtown section of the trail, which will eventually be part of the Cross Charlotte trail, connects Freedom Park to the Metropolitan shopping center just outside of uptown.

McAlpine Creek Greenway: This 6-mile trail in southeast Charlotte also features a full 5K cross country course, which is used for multiple high school and college cross country meets.

McMullen Creek/Lower McAlpine/Four Mile Creek Greenways: This string of trails is popular stretches 5.8 miles in south Charlotte and and includes boardwalks spanning large sections of scenic wetlands.

Mallard Creek and Clark’s Creek Greenways: At more than 7 miles, this greenway in University City is the county’s longest. It also connects with Toby Creek Greenway, which will take you into the heart of UNC Charlotte’s campus.

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