Explore the most popular Forest 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.

hiking
muddy
off trail
washed out
3 days ago

This trail is gorgeous however, it was really muddy and the maps are very confusing. I got my feet drenched 3-4 times. It is very secluded so go with a friend or dog. I didn’t feel safe there. Also the path was not paved. Which is why I’m only giving 3 stars because parts of the trail looks like no one has walked them in years.

running
muddy
4 days ago

Nestled between housing developments and a busy road but you feel like you oare out in the wilderness. real easy hik with several options to loop together to make longer and see difere scenery. parts were flooded out and I wish there were more markings stating this and more mile markers. I would have liked more markers telling you wish path you were on to make sure you stayed on path. Otherwise excellent hike!!!

Nice trail for leisure walks/jogging. The park is dog friendly and nice clean restrooms.

hiking
muddy
12 days ago

Nice getaway in the heart of the city. Can be muddy after heavy rains. Good 3 1/2 mile hike accessible year-round with some elevation change.

hiking
muddy
15 days ago

Nice hidden gem of a trail. Markings are somewhat sparse and there are many switchbacks through the trees. Several have been cut, so it can be daunting at times to tell exactly the right way to go. Good trail for those starting back into hiking after a hiatus due to the low elevation changes. My wife and I enjoyed it.

Good trial. A lot of trees so if you are looking for sun that won’t be probably the best option. Easy to follow with the app, keep in mi d it could be a bit muddy if rain was there even few days before, but great to spend half a day outside !

One of my favorite Charlotte area trails to get my long runs in. It’s flat and easy to navigate. I’m able to run 14-15 miles by taking the different offshoots. I’ve always felt safe but after a couple recent assaults on women, I’m nervous to go alone. Please stay aware of your surroundings and enjoy!

Decent hike that’s not far from Charlotte that wasn’t too crowded.

hiking
muddy
over grown
1 month ago

Good trail.... over grown and not well maintained. I would go with friends or go to a race because there have been break - ins.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Very pretty trail. Few miles of the hike are waterfront. Clearly marked.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Always a nice place to get away from the city for a walk in the woods. Nothing difficult about any of these trails except for when they are muddy and slippery. The outermost loops are close enough to houses that you'll hear people and leaf blowers. We also nicknamed that loop "sewer line" because of the concrete structures all along the path.

We started the “Toby Creek Greenway” Trail at the University of North Carolina, next to Target. This is a fairly new portion of the Mecklenburg County Greenway System. This trail is recorded as 2 miles in length by the County but we extended our hike into the Autumwood neighborhood. The Toby Creek Greenway has several outlets that empty into several Charlotte communities. This is a well cared for asphalt trail with boardwalks. There is a new addition to the trail starting at Rocky River Road West (see pic) that extends the trail approximately another 1/8 mile. Although the trail itself is clear you’ll get the feeling that you’re in a nature preserve, due to the overgrown foliage. We went North but you can go the other way into the UNC Campus and continue on the trail. The trail is super wide and allows room for biking, running, dog walking and other activities. The trail is maintained by Mecklenburg County government. Nice, lightly traveled urban hike in Charlotte. Come out and explore !

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

This was a great trail not too far from home. Rooster’s and other wild life you will see. Great quick trip.

A good trail for MTB. Overall it is well kept and provides a moderate challenge for a beginner- to-immediate level biker. Mixed terrain: branches, hills, rocks. Nice views, peaceful woods. You will come across those walking the path, but there’s room to either pull off or for them to step to the side. Just remember biking etiquette and the trail is fun and pleasant.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Dirt trails, gravel paths, volleyball courts, baseball fields, frisbee posts, ponds, hills, everything.

mountain biking
rocky
1 month ago

Great trail. It is great for my ten year old son, but tough for my seven year old son.

hiking
muddy
off trail
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

We accidentally followed this trail when hiking Cove, Cedar and Chestnut because of the poor trailhead markers. It was fine though and we enjoyed this part of the hike quite a bit.

Well maintained park, easy hike. Lots of dogs out on the trail. This loop takes you between a couple of trails and through the disk golf course. Definitely keep the app up to follow or it is easy to get turned around.

Nice little hike, took us almost 2 hours with a couple stops.

This is a fairly easy trail located in the heart of Matthews, NC, just outside of Charlotte. Trail is heavily traveled by local residents and town visitors alike. This is a mainly dirt trail but there are a few areas near public facilities that are asphalt or concrete. This is a “Full Service”‘ Mecklenburg County Park that gets a little assistance from the local volunteer Trailblazers organization, who maintains the mountain bike loops. This trek isn’t marked very well so pay attention while hiking ... or your little hike will end up being a big hike. There’s over 265 acres of land so plenty of opportunities for recreation. Trails are maintained very well and lake views are plentiful. Restrooms are immaculate and staff members are visible on occasion. Plenty of parking available even on weekends. Portions of the trail borders several local private communities, so you don’t get the feeling you’re “in the woods”. This is a well equipped park for all types of family activities and easily accessible. Good intermediate hike for beginners. Hike On !

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