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Greenways in Charlotte, NC

Updated on May 25, 2015
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Efficient Admin (aka Michelle) has been hiking for five years on the wonderful mountain trails of North Carolina and South Carolina.

McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek, and Four Mile Greenway in Charlotte, NC

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Swamp on the Four Mile Creek Greenway.
Swamp on the Four Mile Creek Greenway.
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Entrance to McAlpine Creek and Four Mile Creek Greenway

A marker11823 Johnston Road, Charlotte, NC 28277 -
11823 Johnston Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
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McAlpine Creek and Four Mile Creek Greenway, Charlotte NC

Charlotte, NC Has Many Awesome Greenways to Explore

McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek and Four Mile Creek Greenways are one of the many beautiful wetland nature trails that Charlotteans have access to. Even though it has 3 different names, it is the same greenway. This is an 8 mile trail regularly used by residents for walking, biking, roller skating, roller blading, walking pets, bird watching and nature study. It is located in the southern part of Charlotte, NC, and consists of pit gravel, elevated boardwalks, and asphalt trails which are quite wide and can accommodate everyone.

There are three entrances to this greenway – Highway 51, Johnston Road, and Bevington Road. There are picnic tables at the entrance of Highway 51 and many benches to rest on throughout the 8 miles of this nature trail. At the entrance to the Four Mile Creek trail (Johnston Road), there is a public restroom (a real bathroom with running water – not a porta-potty -- a great big Thank You to Mecklenburg County!). Parking is very limited at the Johnston Road and the Bevington Road entrance next to Trader Joes.

This greenway is managed and maintained by Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and they do a fine job of it. This greenway is also home to a variety of wildlife such as the Green Heron, Eastern Bluebird, Grey Tree frog, Northern Water Snake, Green Anole (lizard), and the Red Shouldered Hawk.

Watch a video showing the various parts of this greenway in Charlotte, NC.

Scenes along the greenway

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A lovely plant on the Four Mile Creek Greenway.One of many boardwalks on the Four Mile Creek Greenway.The overhead bridge entrance to the Four Mile Creek Greenway.  This bridge goes over a creek.
A lovely plant on the Four Mile Creek Greenway.
A lovely plant on the Four Mile Creek Greenway. | Source
One of many boardwalks on the Four Mile Creek Greenway.
One of many boardwalks on the Four Mile Creek Greenway. | Source
The overhead bridge entrance to the Four Mile Creek Greenway.  This bridge goes over a creek.
The overhead bridge entrance to the Four Mile Creek Greenway. This bridge goes over a creek. | Source
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Biking etiquette on the trail.  As a walker, make sure you always look behind you before crossing over the trail.
Biking etiquette on the trail. As a walker, make sure you always look behind you before crossing over the trail. | Source

Trail Etiquette

When riding a bicycle on the greenway, always say “Passing on your left” when passing a walker to let them know you are there. If you are a walker and want to change lanes, it is highly recommended to look behind you because believe it or not some bicycles do not make any noises at all and you don’t want to get surprised and have a bike to crash into you. That would be painful.

These trails are also prone to flooding. After a good hard rain it is not possible to walk on these trails due to the overflowing creek, which runs with the trail. It can be extremely muddy on the boardwalks so proceed with great caution because it can be very slippery. However, when the sun is shining it does not take long for the trails to dry out.

More scenes along the greenway

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Near the entrance of the McAlpine/McMullen Creek Greenway -- swampy area which contains bird nesting boxes.Path toward the entrance of the Four Mile Creek Greenway on Johnston Road.This is the building which houses the public restrooms. Very important when you are out on a trail!
Near the entrance of the McAlpine/McMullen Creek Greenway -- swampy area which contains bird nesting boxes.
Near the entrance of the McAlpine/McMullen Creek Greenway -- swampy area which contains bird nesting boxes. | Source
Path toward the entrance of the Four Mile Creek Greenway on Johnston Road.
Path toward the entrance of the Four Mile Creek Greenway on Johnston Road. | Source
This is the building which houses the public restrooms. Very important when you are out on a trail!
This is the building which houses the public restrooms. Very important when you are out on a trail! | Source

Scenes from the Trailhead Entrance on Highway 51

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Sign at the start of the trail at Highway 51 (Pineville-Matthews Road) in Charlotte, NC.Never touch the hairy vines you see on trees - believe it or not -- this is poison ivy!Another photo of a hairy vine -- this is poison ivy!This trail is a flood plain.  Whenever it rains a lot the trail is not useable due to flooding.A pretty tree with leaves growing up the bark.A bridge that leads to a residential neighborhood.A sign marker near the entrance showing you where you are on the trail.Some knarled trees along the trail.
Sign at the start of the trail at Highway 51 (Pineville-Matthews Road) in Charlotte, NC.
Sign at the start of the trail at Highway 51 (Pineville-Matthews Road) in Charlotte, NC. | Source
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Never touch the hairy vines you see on trees - believe it or not -- this is poison ivy!
Never touch the hairy vines you see on trees - believe it or not -- this is poison ivy! | Source
Another photo of a hairy vine -- this is poison ivy!
Another photo of a hairy vine -- this is poison ivy! | Source
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This trail is a flood plain.  Whenever it rains a lot the trail is not useable due to flooding.
This trail is a flood plain. Whenever it rains a lot the trail is not useable due to flooding. | Source
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A pretty tree with leaves growing up the bark.
A pretty tree with leaves growing up the bark. | Source
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A bridge that leads to a residential neighborhood.
A bridge that leads to a residential neighborhood. | Source
A sign marker near the entrance showing you where you are on the trail.
A sign marker near the entrance showing you where you are on the trail. | Source
Some knarled trees along the trail.
Some knarled trees along the trail. | Source
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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Thank you so very much D.A.L. I love our Greenways here! There is a lot of good hiking in North Carolina. Stay tuned...........................:-)

      Thank you for stopping by and for your wonderful comments.

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      Dave 4 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi as a naturalist living in the UK I am always interested in reading about the natural areas of your country. This hub was a warm and fascinating read, enhanced by some wonderful images. look forward to reading more of your hubs soon.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Hiya 2besure -- me too. Are you familiar with McDowell Nature Preserve on Tryon (Hwy 49)? I love that place - it's great hiking! Here's a link:

      http://charmeck.org/MECKLENBURG/COUNTY/PARKANDREC/...

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      Pamela Lipscomb 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Hi neighbor, back at cha! I live not far from Carrowins! So you now I am pretty close to the greenways! I love Charlotte.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Hi neighbor 2besure!! I was out there yesterday and walked 3.5 miles. I have lived here since 2000. I really love this greenway and it's only about 10 minutes from me. Glad you stopped by and thanks for the votes and shares! Who knows we may run into each other sometime!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Wow, this is so beautiful, and it's only about 15 minutes from where I live. I have lived in Charlotte for about 10, years but did not know about this area. Going there tomorrow...road trip! Voted up, Tweeted, FB.

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      Efficient Admin 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      You would love the greenways here - this is just one of them. I will publish some more photos in the future. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm starting to get annoyed because I'm not getting the notifications for everyone I follow. Well, I'm here now, and this was a beautiful tour of a city I have always wanted to visit. The photos are wonderful; thank you for taking me along on your trip. :)

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      Efficient Admin 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Mhatter99 - Back in the 1980s the Four Mile Creek area was all wild forest!! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this beautiful tour. Arlene and I use to vacation in Charlotte in the 80's. But we stayed in the city.