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Explore the best rated trails in Charlotte, NC, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Highland Rail Trail and City Walk . With more than 46 trails covering 128 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Waterford Trail

Needs some work

February, 2024 by kfeather72

Needs some work

Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways

Pleasant park connector in Charlotte

September, 2023 by laurastark

We had a nice time on the Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways. There was interesting public art, the tracts of a defunct railroad, city skyline views, and wooded sections.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

Recreational gem connecting Charlotte and the city's southern suburbs

September, 2023 by laurastark

We found the Little Sugar Creek Greenway to be a smooth, well-maintained paved pathway connecting numerous parks. We had a great experience on this trail! There is something for everyone; the northern urban section is fun and vibrant with shops and restaurants nearby, while the southern portion offers a tranquil wooded route, where we saw six deer!

Accordion

McDowell Creek Greenway

Present length 3miles

September, 2023 by jasonhappe

The section from Magnolia Dr to NC 73 is about 3 miles.

Lower McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek & Four Mile Creek Greenways

Cyclists beware!

September, 2023 by shtrahan03

The boardwalks are very slippery for cyclists. I lost control of my bike in 2022 and while I was down, another cyclist did the same thing and nearly landed on top of me. A torn rotator cuff, surgery, and 7 months of rehab later, I will not be cycling on this greenway again. I do love the shade in the summer though!

McAlpine Creek Greenway

very nice trail

September, 2023 by d7i2idczkm

Well maintained and is used a lot. Never find yourself alone on this trail.

Lower McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek & Four Mile Creek Greenways

Needs more maintenance

September, 2023 by joenad55

I jog this trail, and is part paved and part boardwalk. One positive is the tree cover which provides shade even in afternoon hours. The boardwalk areas need to be maintained better as the boards need to be replaced more frequently as the boards get chewed up and sometimes I have to watch my step. They do replace the worst ones, but not frequently enough. Does get flooded and muddy after a heavy rain to the point it can be unusable. The Rea Road ending point has fountains and a bathroom.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

Great for jogging

September, 2023 by joenad55

I am a jogger, I run this trail often in the South Charlotte area. The portion from Marsh Park to Tyvola is well paved, in good condition, and is maintained well. Water fountains are well placed. After a rain, it doesn't get muddy or very wet like Four Mile Creek. People very friendly on the trail. Can get crowded on Saturday mornings with all the running clubs, races, etc. Only issue is the speeding bikers, sometimes they call out, sometimes they don't.

Kings Mountain Gateway Trail

Biked the trail

September, 2023 by bill603

My wife and I ( we are in our 60's) rode our ebikes and it was a great workout. I don't think we would have made it on our mountain bikes, but we saw a guy on a regular bike. Make your way to the gravel and it's about 5 miles out and 5 miles back. It is very similar to a rail trail, but it does have some hills. Well maintained and not crowded on the gravel trail. We'll be back.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

Awesome Trail

July, 2023 by blackburnhome

We started at Cornelia Park and went all the way to Polk Historical site and many miles beyond that. The trail keeps going! We did 36.4 miles. Going through town was a bit confusing, signage is small and lacking in many places. Awesome smooth path, a great mix of buildings, parks and nature!

Shelby Rail-Trail

River Trail

March, 2023 by sewupscalequilts

Pretty trail but you can hear traffic noise for most of the time. Part of the time it is not very loud. The suspension bridge is fun but it does bounce a lot so if you have balance issues, it could be a problem.

Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail

great walk

March, 2023 by sewupscalequilts

Enjoyed the walk on this trail. Very unique with houses, businesses and trees on the way. We found this trail ok but it sure is easier when there is an address.

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