Clarks Creek Greenway is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Charlotte, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.4 miElevation gain187 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlykid friendlystroller friendlyNature tripsRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningForestPavedRiverWildflowersWildlife
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Great trail to walk along the creek and listen to the calming sounds emitted from small waterfalls. During certain times of the year, areas of the pavement are covered in mud from flood residue. Nice bike paths with several bridges. You can go into the creek and might see crawfish and salamanders. The whole trail is mostly shaded and the drawn route is nicely paved. If you continue into University Research Park, the trail turns into packed gravel. Accessibility: There are 4 designated handicapped-accessible spaces in the paved parking lot at Mallard Creek Elementary. All of them are van-accessible with striped access aisles. The trail surface is paved, smooth, and typically at least 8 feet wide. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (all 5% or less) except for steep section (8-12%) at 0.1 miles going downhill when going west/uphill at 5.3 miles going east and 2.6 miles going downhill when going north/uphill at 4.1 miles going south. The steep sections have been marked with waypoints. Wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users may need assistance or to avoid these sections. There are benches along the trail for resting.

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Sandy Savard
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Nice wide paved trail. Fairly level. Not super busy.

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Karen Anthony
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Hiking

Gorgeous trail and creek, my new favorite

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Bonnie Goodwin
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Hiking

Awesome ride. I did crash. Two ladies helped me get back in the road. I kept riding. thanks ladies

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Morgan Hornung
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WalkingGreat!

Great walk! Not too busy but you will definitely pass people often!

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Victoria Gailey
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Forgot to stop recording so it has a drive to the Food Lion.

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Josh Cantor
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Mukilan Michael
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Brent Winter
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WalkingGreat!

Awesome trail for parents with strollers. Nice bike paths with several bridges. We moved here for this.

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Plucky Z Phi B
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I really enjoyed my walk and I plan on visiting again soon.

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Shannon Joyce
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Hiking

wonderful neighborhood Greenway, great for a smooth walk, run, or bike ride. fairly flat, paved path.

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Tal Kelsey
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Walking

Solid greenway. Easy parking at Mallard Creek Elementary. Crowded on the weekends (but lots of good dogs). Awesome to walk along the creek and listen to the calming sounds emitted from small waterfalls. Some areas of the pavement are covered in mud from flood residue.

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Dmeech Henderson
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Camille Harper
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Awesome trail, great experience, just remember your way to and from the start. Can easily get turned around

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Ellen Geer
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WalkingGreat!

Very nice scenic view. Well maintained. Backs up to neighborhoods. Follows creek with several bridges to cross. Ample parking. Dog friendly. Moderate to heavily trafficked.

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Eryn Johnson
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kt timmer
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Dmeech Henderson
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Dmeech Henderson
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Spicy Hobbit
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great nice walk but definitely longer than advertised. idk where some of these people track their workouts because they are way off.

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Bob Maynard
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Mountain biking

Awesome ride on an overcast day

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Bob Maynard
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Mountain bikingGreat!

Rode this trail and added Mallard Creek Greenway to it. Greenway was great, even on an 85+ degree day due to all the shade.

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Armstead Deas
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Good ride

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kt timmer
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Kasey Kennedy
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we were looking for somewhere to play in the creek and this was perfect for us! we saw crawfish and tiny salamanders. it was crowded with lots of people and dogs and cyclists.

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Hope Johnson
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Absolutely beautiful rain or shine. The greenway follows a sprawling creek with several large wooden bridge crossings. Moderate traffic. Great for dogs and kids.

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Hope Johnson
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It was raining, but we got in a good little hike. This trail is paved but the scenery is beautiful.

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Swamini Tatkare
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Hiking

Great trail for walking, jogging, cycling,etc. Almost entirely covers with shade and nicely paved except at few stretches. Nice for dog walking too.

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Mike Crockett
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Sathish Vasudevan
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Running

Good shady trail for walking / jogging / biking anytime of the day!

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