Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Charlotte with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great walk in the woods. Easy to traverse for little ones. Plenty to see. Heavily wooded, lots of poison ivy— my suggestion is pants and some bug repellent. From parking and around the outermost loop is 2.5 miles.

This is our favorite bike trail here locally. Absolutely LOVE IT.

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

Good day out on the trail. Closed to bikes because of the rain so nice hike.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice warm-up trails to get day started or to wind the day down.

I have began recording each of the trails in McDowell park with some basic comments.

Very heavily forested area with lots of sun cover, lots of insects, so many different types of plants and fungi. Definitely recommend this place to anyone who is passing through the area and has a few hours to stop in for a quick hike.

Great trail , has a nice flow.

nature trips
26 days ago

We live 10 mins away from here and never knew this even existed. We heard about it from our neighborhood newsletter and decided to check it out. I literally drove by this road a million times as a kid but hadn’t been down Norland in years. I was so happy to see they had build a small parking area, super nice bathrooms, and information area. This is a great getaway from the city while your in the city! Our dogs loved it. All the trails were super easy, but we loved how secluded it felt especially with how close to uptown it is! Will return!

Nice area with more trails than the loop shown here. All in there are about 8 miles of wooded hiking/walking trails, as well as a small interpretive center that even loans fishing poles for free. Most of the trails appear pretty well marked, though a couple of trail junctions were at parking areas so you have to look around a bit.

trail running
1 month ago

Good training spot if you work on this side of Charlotte. During Summer, there are snakes in the middle of the trail sometimes.

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.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Rode the trail today and part of Clark’s Creek. Both are very nice for a relaxing causal ride.

mountain biking
1 month ago

I just got back into the saddle for mountain biking so its been a llllllooooonnngg time since I have rode. but I will say that this trail definitely has some challenge. but at the same time it has places for you to catch your breath.

I am a fat boy now,,, but as soon as I lose some weight I beleive the trail will be way more enjoyable.

mountain biking
1 month ago

I’m new to riding and stuck to the moderate trails. The trails were well maintained with a nice mix of hills, narrow spots, switchbacks, river views, etc. $6 to park and is a steal. Be sure to check their website before going as the trails are sometimes closed after rain. I will be going back.

I absolutely love riding at the whitewater center. These trails never bore me, even though I’m pretty sure I’ve covered almost every square inch of them by now. They do a great job of keeping them maintained and there’s nothing nicer to come off a great ride and grab a tall boy afterwards and sit by the water or stay a little later and listen to the live music.

Best place for trail running

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail. Dominated by mtb

Urban Park. Stroll in the woods. Adjacent is a disc golf course.

Tucked in behind the cemetary. Parked at the school.

trail running
2 months ago

Great endurance trail for running in the shade on a scorching hot day. Also a tremendous leg workout with all of the drop offs downhill when your legs are fatigued.

$6 entry fee at the gate fully worth it. My Husband and I hiked the 3 mile green trail today. Lots of mountain bikers but all were respectful. We would move to the side to let them pass. Beautiful views and moderate hiking. Would do it every week if we were local. We highly recommend it. Good shoes and water a must!

Great short walk!

trail running
2 months ago

Good trail only reason I am giving 4 stars is the back section by the lake is not that well marked. Got lost trying to figure out the trail back there. Just needs more markings or signs. Fast trail not much traffic at least when I was there.

Good intermediate trail and practice for some more challenging mountain rides. well maintained nice ride.

Fun fast intermediate trail, and good challenging beginner trail. Great ride without having to travel to the mountains.

good trail for beginners looking to build technical skills and fun fast intermediate ride.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Excellent trail. Several options mid trail as well as dozens of jumps. Highly recommended!

wish there was some good mtb trails but its a good ride

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

Love running on this quiet peaceful trail.

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