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Best Greenways In Charlotte

April 19, 2011 5:41 PM

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Looking for a place to get out and enjoy a little nature? Check out Charlotte’s Greenways! Whether it’s recreation, fitness or just relaxation, the Greenways provide benefits for all to enjoy. The Mecklenburg County Greenways are vegetated natural buffers that improve water quality, reduce the impacts of flooding, and provide wildlife habitat and they are quickly becoming one of the finest systems in the country. There are 33 miles of developed and 147 miles of undeveloped greenways in Mecklenburg County. Keep reading to find the Greenway that’s best for you.
Clarks Creek

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Mallard Creek and Clark’s Creek Greenways

With almost 6 miles of paved greenway and over 1 mile of gravel greenway, Mallard Creek and Clark’s Creek Greenway is Mecklenburg County’s longest greenway. Located near and around UNC-Charlotte, this greenway is great for students who want to get away from the classroom or anyone looking for an enjoyable day outdoors. Whether you’re looking to walk, jog, bike, skateboard or walk the dogs and the babies, Mallard Creek and Clark’s Creek Greenway offers a leisurely trail for all your needs.

Directions:
I-85 to Exit 45 (WT Harris Blvd)
Take WT Harris West to Mallard Creek Rd
Turn Right on Mallard Creek Rd
Follow Mallard Creek Rd until you see Mallard
Creek Elementary School on Left. Parking allowed in lots closest to street

LittleSugarCreekBikes

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Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenway

Located in the center city area of Charlotte, these trails make up over 2 miles of a relaxing creekside walk. This greenway links several neighborhoods and parks, in and around Uptown Charlotte, including Frazier Park, Wesley Heights neighborhood and Seversville Park. Amenities that can be found along the trail include soccer fields, playgrounds and a recreation center with a gymnasium at the Philip O. Berry Center. The Irwin and Stewart Creek Greenway is great for biking, walking, jogging, roller blading or walking your dogs. Be sure to look out for the old railroad that runs along two portions of the trail, the three tunnels, the public art and the Children’s Memorial Walkway and Garden.

Directions:
I-77 to Exit 10 (5th Street)
Take 5th Street east to Sycamore Street
Turn left on Sycamore Street
Ray’s Splash Planet and parking are on the Left beside Irwin Ave. Open Elem. School

Torrence Creek

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Torrence Creek Greenway

Located off Gliead Rd in Huntersville, Torrence Creek Greenway, runs through incredible scenery with a different view at each end. The western section offers a relaxing meadow where deer are often spotted grazing. While walking or jogging through the eastern section of the greenway, you can be sure to see large rock formations that rival the sizes of school buses. In other sections, you’ll come across boardwalks that take you through wetlands. With 1.4 miles of trail, the Torrence Creek Greenway is a delightful way to see some of Mecklenburg County’s natural landscapes.

Directions:
I-77 to Exit 23 (Gilead Rd)
Take Gilead Rd West to Bradford Hill Lane
Turn Left on Bradford Hill Lane
Follow Bradford Hill Lane to the intersection with
Torrence Creek Greenway

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