Greenways in Charlotte, NC
McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek, and Four Mile Greenway in Charlotte, NCClick thumbnail to view full-size
Entrance to McAlpine Creek and Four Mile Creek Greenway
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 greenwayClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 greenwayClick thumbnail to view full-size
Lower McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek, and Four Mile Creek Greenway
- Lower McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek, and Four Mile Creek Greenways
This horseshoe shaped greenway runs 8 miles through south Charlotte and passes under Interstate 485. The trail is composed of a variety of surface types including asphalt, gravel, and boardwalk.
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation
- Park and Rec Greenways
The Mecklenburg County greenway system is quickly becoming one of the finest in the nation. Greenways are vegetated natural buffers that improve water quality, reduce the impacts of flooding, and provide wildlife habitat.
Scenes from the Trailhead Entrance on Highway 51Click thumbnail to view full-size
Other Fun Places to Visit While in North Carolina, by this Author
- A Review of The Billy Graham Library
A visit to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC offers inspiring exhibits, films, and memorabilia retracing Billy Graham’s dynamic journey from a North Carolina dairy farm to stadiums and arenas all across the globe.
- Hiking the Moses Cone Carriage Trail -- Blowing Rock, NC
The Moses H. Cone Memorial Park is an estate honoring the late Moses H. Cone in Blowing Rock, NC.
- Hiking the Stone Mountain Loop Trail -- Roaring Gap, NC
Located on more than 13,500 acres in Wilkes and Alleghany counties, Stone Mountain State Park in North Carolina offers cascading waterfalls and cool mountain streams, quiet forests abundant with wildlife, scenic hiking trails and a historic mountain
- Hiking the Dupont State Forest Park - Cedar Mountain, NC
Dupont State Forest is a 10,000+ acre tract located near Hendersonville, NC. This forest was used to shoot the box office hit “The Hunger Games” and also scenes from “The Last of the Mohicans”.
© 2012 Michelle Dee