Best paved trails in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Map of paved trails in Charlotte, North Carolina
Top trails (14)
#1 - Little Sugar Creek Greenway
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
#2 - Clarks Creek Greenway
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
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. Show more
#3 - Little Sugar Creek Greenway
Huntington Farms Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
This is a nice paved greenway trail in South Charlotte near the South Park Mall. There’s also a dirt mountain biking trail through the wooded area. Accessibility: In the paved parking lot off of Tyvola Road, there are designated handicapped-accessible parking spaces and two striped access aisles. The main trail surface is paved and typically at least six feet wide. The estimated grade is moderately steep (all 8% or less) except for very steep sections at 0.2, 0.5, and 1.4 miles when going south. These have been marked with waypoints and wheelchair/mobility equipment/stroller users may need assistance there.Show more
#4 - Little Sugar Creek Greenway: Huntingtowne Farms Park to Rt. 485
Little Sugar Creek Greenway
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
The trail is part of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Greenways System. It is a flat paved trail alongside Little Sugar Creek, perfect for walking, running, or biking. Parking is available in 3 spots - at Huntingtowne Farms Park, off Sharon Road, or at the Carolina Pavilion Shopping Center on South Boulevard.Show more
#5 - McAlpine Creek Greenway
McAlpine Creek Greenway
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 51 m
This is a recently opened new paved stretch of the McAlpine Creek Greenway that begins at the Sardis Road parking lot and follows the creek all the way to Providence Road. There is no parking lot at Providence Road, but the paved path will take you up to either sidewalk. This mile-long stretch includes a wide variety of Cottonwood, Boxelder, Sycamore, and a few pines. Also, there are unique wetland areas along the path. Accessibility: There is a packed gravel parking lot off Old Bell Road, but is unclear if there are any designated handicapped-accessible spaces in the parking lot. The trail surface is paved, smooth, and typically at least 6 feet wide. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (5% or less), so this trail will likely be navigable for most wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers. Show more
#6 - New Bern to Carson Rail Trail
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
This is a really nice path along the light rail. The trail is clean and well-maintained and the buildings are fun to look at. This is the perfect trail for visitors to get a taste of what Charlotte has to offer. If you get tired of walking, just jump on the Lynx Light Rail. Great opportunity to experience the residential, business, and entertainment in South End Charlotte. Accessibility: There are 2 designated handicapped-accessible spaces in the parking lot on a paved surface off of New Bern Street. 2 of them are van-accessible with striped access aisles. The trail surface is paved, smooth, and typically at least 6 feet wide. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (5% or less), so this trail will likely be navigable for most wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers. Show more
#7 - Toby Creek Greenway
Mallard Creek Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
Part of Charlotte Mecklenburg Greenway System. The northern 1.75 miles of the trail traverse the UNC Charlotte campus, connecting with the Mallard Creek Greenway at its northern end. The portion of the trail south of UNC Charlotte campus, past University City Boulevard, is quieter, offering a wooded paved walk alongside Toby Creek .Show more
#8 - Park Road Lake Loop
Park Road Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 17 m
This trail circles the lake at Park Road Park. There are several facilities located within the park including, tennis courts, baseball fields, basketball courts, picnic shelters, concessions, and more walking trails. It is not far from the South Park Mall and plenty of options for a workout. Accessibility: There are 4 designated handicapped-accessible spaces in the parking lot off Park Road Park Service Road on a paved surface. All of them are van-accessible with striped access aisles. The trail surface is paved, smooth, and typically at least 5 feet wide. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (5% or less), so this trail will likely be navigable for most wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers.Show more
#9 - Briar Creek Greenway
Eastover Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 46 m
This is an excellent addition to Charlotte's growing greenway system. First quarter mile starts out in the park adjacent to the Mint Museum, then crosses over Briar Creek on a new bridge. From there, you step into a beautiful forested area surrounded by wetlands.Show more
#10 - Irwin Creek and Wesley Heights Greenways
Frazier Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
This is a creekside walk in the center city area of Charlotte with multiple access points. Irwin Creek Greenway runs through and around part of uptown Charlotte. This paved and gravel greenway is a place to walk, jog, ride a bike, roller skate, push a baby carriage, and even ride a skateboard. Accessibility: This asphalt and concrete trail is estimated to typically be at least 8 feet wide. The slope is moderately steep to steep and estimated to range from -10% (downhill) to 8% (uphill) grade. The steepest downhill section, estimated from 8% to 10% grade, is located at about the 2.5 mile mark. Trail goers using mobility equipment may need assistance to navigate this portion on the return trip. There are 3 ADA-compliant car parking spots with 2 access aisles at the small paved trailhead lot.Show more
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