Four Mile Creek Greenway

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Squirrel Lake Park

Four Mile Creek Greenway is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Matthews, 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.

Distance: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 82 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

forest

paved

river

views

wildlife

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful trail! A bit crowded on Sat mid-morning. I ran the trail twice in a loop. I wish that on E John St there would’ve been a sidewalk all the way to S Trade St. I did my long run (6mi) and on John St had to cross the street twice and waited a long time to do so safely. I realize is not a big deal, but would be nice to make it a smooth loop

hiking
7 days ago

This trail is good for biking, jogging or a nice walk. A lot of greenery. Some parts of the trail there’s not shade. There’s this park a some point of the trail where you can get inside and get muddy got the feeling of a mountain if you like.

hiking
15 days ago

Paved, very bike friendly. More people and noisy come midday but, still enjoyable. Shaded.

hiking
22 days ago

Great trail. My 4 kids, 2 dogs and myself enjoyed the trail very much. We loved the nice wide clean paved path. The creek was lovely. We spent hours walking from creek to path to creek playing. We will spend lots of time here this summer. Lots of people of all ages enjoying the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Did 4 miles in and 4 miles out. It was fun and the scenery was amazing. Saw some bull frogs, turtles and a few other wild life’s that were amazing to see.

hiking
flooded
2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

we enjoy walking these trails with the kids and dog. great family place!

Located in the town of Matthews NC, this local greenway is a part of the Carolina Thread Trail that extends 15 counties throughout North and South Carolina. There is on-road parking on E. John but if you need off-street parking, you’ll have to park at Squirrel Lake Park on Pleasant Plains Road in Matthews. The trail begins with a boardwalk on E. John Street and continues SW through a dense wooded area. Your walk will trace Four Mile Creek for its duration, giving you the opportunity to view much of its wildlife habitat. Most of the trail is asphalt with several boardwalks throughout. As with many other greenways in the Charlotte and surrounding areas, this area is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Its a nice quiet walk through several of Matthews connected communities, Greylock, Ashley Creek, and Matthews Estates just to name a few. About 1/2 mile into your walk you’ll have the option of entering Squirrel Lake Park, which has a 12 hole disc golf course and several other recreational opportunities. Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation measures its distance as 2.26 miles but I managed 3.5 from E John to S.Trade street. You will see many of the local residents getting their morning walks in as well as bikers any time of the day. There are a few benches along the trial so you can relax along the trail. Overall a great opportunity for outdoor recreation. Honorable mention goes to the local artists who have created the ‘Manhole Menagerie” along the trail … very inspiring ! Worth the trip, get out and explore … see you on the trail !!!

hiking
8 months ago

I did 2 miles of this trail with my dog. It’s mostly paved, but in some places sand/dirt have covered the trail. It’s shady and scenic, yet most of the trail is lined by houses on both sides. (So unfortunately you don’t get that “away from it all” feeling). We also saw some bikers and there is plenty of room for all. Would be great for kids, too.

mountain biking
Sat May 18 2019

Tight for bikes but definitely a great walking trail, water fountains, artwork, decorative water fountains and a great view the whole way lots of shade

hiking
private property
Wed May 01 2019

We tried two trails. We couldn’t find Rob Wallace although we enjoyed ride through the countryside to no trail.

hiking
Wed Feb 06 2019

Great trail to do with stroller or young walking child. Mostly shaded. Decorated utility poles and manhole covers entertain kids. Squirrel lake park is cute and has restrooms.

Mon Oct 22 2018

Great local trail. Mostly shaded and love seeing the deer

Tue Oct 16 2018

My neighborhood track. Lots of traffic.

Tue Oct 09 2018

love it. paved. in a shade most of it. beautiful forest. its shared with bikes so be careful. easy, freesby golf,tiny lake with pier and fishing, cute playground. poor parking

Tue Aug 28 2018

great place for a family experience

mountain biking
Sat Jul 14 2018

this is one of our favorite bike trails here in Charlotte. love the feeling it gives off.

Sat May 05 2018

The fav so far. Saw 3 baby deers.

walking
Mon Apr 02 2018

Usually a bit too crowded.

Mon Apr 02 2018

Perfect for a pretty and easy walk near the bustle of the city. Pretty much all paved and civilized. Kids loved being able to play on the playground after our walk. Saw lots of dogs, kids on and off bikes and joggers.

Fri Feb 02 2018

nice short easy walk

fishing
Fri Jan 19 2018

Nice local walk with a decent pond.

Sun Oct 01 2017

It's great for kids and for a quick walk. Neat art throughout.

Mon Jul 10 2017

paved out and back partial shade, one water fountain. better for families on bikes etc.

Sat Mar 25 2017

Good to run! Lots of space.

walking
Thu Aug 04 2016

Great place to socialize your dog! Lots of foot and bike traffic. I have a Great Dane and the boardwalk is wide enough for us to pass with plenty of room to spare:) Wildlife galore!! I would not recommend this trail for families with crazy toddlers (like mine:) The boardwalk does not have rails and only a 12" lip....3 ft drop to swamp below. Otherwise...great walking trail!!!

hiking
Tue Jul 26 2016

Very nice trail. Great shade coverage and plenty of doggy bag stations. Easy walk.

mountain biking
Tue May 10 2016

Nice easy ride or hike. mostly blacktop and dirt trails around Frisbee golf course. Good family place.

hiking
Wed Apr 06 2016

Great, mostly paved urban path that even has a destination & is not just a 'loop'. Watch out for skate boarders & bikers

walking
Mon Dec 22 2014

Great, close path to bring the pups. Well maintained with a natural feel, though it's easy to get to and enjoy.

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