Explore the most popular trails in Idlewild Road Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Fun path, plenty of nature, saw a bunch of deer. Quiet and peaceful. A nice mix of rocky and smooth terrain. Construction is in process to extend the Greenway.

7 months ago

I haven’t found a trail I didn’t like until this one. No clear trail markers, trees down and lots a little paths that can get you off track. Has a nice playground and has bathrooms but I didn’t go in them. In order to access the trail you have to go through one of the shelters with picnic tables.

7 months ago

I've been here a few times; it's OK. Very little marking of trails, BUT if you include walking on the disc golf course, you can make this into a nice solid 2.75 mile walk. Again, be aware that there is little marking, but it would be difficult to get lost. There are lots of spur trails too.

Great trail, long straight aways with a few bends and shaded areas with benches, lots of room for any activity

I didn't see any goose poop, saw some dog poop mostly on the edge of the Greenway. I'd say about half of it is paved the other half is gravel. I didn't go down the whole way because you had to get onto a bridge without a pedestrian section to cross over to the rest of the trail. I started at Sardis road and took it all the way down to the bridge you would have to cross to get to the rest of the trail.

This is a greenway and not a trail. It's paved or gravel--no dirt. For this reason it can get really hot in the summer compared to a wooded trail because the vast majority of the trail is not shaded. It's an okay trail for getting a feel for your mountain bike if you've never ridden before, but even beginners will be board to death on this trail in my opinion. This is a take your kid on their training wheel bike trail. So for that sort of thing it’s perfect. Or maybe not, given that there is an unbelievable amount of dog poop and duck poop on the trail. Magnitudes more poop than on any other greenway or trail we've ridden in the Charlotte MSA. Never seen a more poopy trail in my life.

this is our second favorite trail just nudging out 4 mile (Squirrel Lake Park). only because it's a lot longer trail.

Great paced trail most of the way. Some crushed gravel trails. Along a creek. Lots of birds and other nature. Nice pond about half way.

smaller trails around the park off of Monroe. They run crosscountry events there. Good trail for a city.

good for a morning walk with the dog and coffee

Walked trail Saturday dec 15 2017 pretty basic asphalt path. Runs along side a creek there is a part near Sardis road entrance that goes off into the woods more like a real trail then loops back to the asphalt. Looked pretty safe lots of people further down towards 74 side looks a little more sketchy but all in all decent little walk.

Great trail system for kids and beginners. Make sure you explore paths on the other side of the pedestrian bridges.

Did an impromptu hike, NICE! Lots of people out on a Saturday. Only did 4 miles but very scenic. I entered the park near the lake (off Monroe Road) and looped around a few trails. Mainly asphalt on the main road but more than a few dirt roads and bridges. Crossed several bridges crossing the creek. There's a nice dog park there for dogs if you're interested. Looks like you can also ride your bike pretty easily and people are mainly compliant about walking and riding on the right, passing on the left (with announcements). This trail is a part of the Greenway Trail System that will eventually reach South Carolina in the near future. The Greenway Trails pass through many different neighborhoods, so expect a little different terrain and refreshing people. Good luck and enjoy !

It's kind of boring unless you're just hanging out with friends and you need some air or somewhere to walk.

Great easy access trail with some beautiful views and the creek is so awesome to walk next to!

It was an easy walk .. Good place to peace out.. Amazing lake view.

Not very hard, it is along the creek, very nice.

It is an easy green way to ride with the bike. Great for family and keep muscles hot away from cars.

Went on a snowy day in January. The Lucas Grist Mill looked like a wonderful anachronism covered in snow. I'll definitely be back.

Fri Mar 28 2014

Average trail. Nothing interesting on the trail. Andrew Jackson museum was good, though.

Great for bikes,many paved and dirt & gravel roads suitable for hybrid or mountain bikes. Trails are wide to allow for both walkers & bikes comfortably. Mostly even ground ,many switch backs,lots of space to romp around in. Small lake. Both shaded and open areas.

Good for biking - I think a hike would get a little boring. Most of it is paved - with the exception being the connecting portion between the two greenways. Goes right underneath I-485, which is kinda neat. Good for the kids - but very crowded at times!

This trail is great if you aren't able to leave the city but still want to get out and move. The trails are really well maintained. After about 10am things can get a little crowed, but most places the trail is wide enough to pass without any problems

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