Best stroller friendly trails in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Map of stroller friendly trails in Charlotte, North Carolina
Top trails (14)
#1 - Evergreen Nature Preserve Loop
Evergreen Nature Preserve
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 46 m
This loop consists of several small trails in the Evergreen Nature Preserve trail system. Trails include the Norland Loop Trail, Evergreen Trail, Clear Creek Trail, Tulip Tree Trail, and Potters Road Trail. The far end of the loop comes out at a neighborhood park, which includes basketball and tennis courts. There is a small paved parking area at the trail head, and a facility building with restrooms and a picnic shelter. There is a water fountain and bike rack as well. Accessibility: Users have reported that the first 0.25 miles of the loop is paved and then the surface turns to dirt (rocky, muddy, or uneven in places). The typical width varies from two feet to five feet. The natural surface trails may be too narrow for wheelchairs in some places. There are some moderately steep sections with an estimated grade up to 8% where wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users may need assistance.Show more
#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 - McMullen Creek Greenway
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
This is a nice urban walk/hike that is perfect for stopping by in the afternoon after work or taking the kids on a Sunday afternoon. The trail is pit gravel for the first 3/4 mile and the remainder is either asphalt or elevated wood decking for over 3 more miles. You'll be sharing the trail with hikers, joggers, walkers and bikers but the wide path allows you plenty of room. There is a small picnic area at the trailhead and benches are plentiful along the trail as well as mileage markers. There are several places to detour down to the creek and I've seen numerous birds and butterflies along the way. Accessibility: It is unclear if there are any designated handicapped-accessible spaces in the paved parking lot off of Pineville-Matthews Road, west of Johnston Road, at the north end of the trail. The trail surface is gravel or paved (wooden boardwalk, cement, and asphalt), and typically at least 6 feet wide. The estimated grade is gentle (3% or less) except for 3 short moderately steep (5 to 8% grade) sections at about the 0.1, 0.9, and 1.4 mile marks when heading south.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 - Bluebird Loop
Clarks Creek Nature Preserve
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 35 m
The terrain within Clarks Creek is gently sloping, with elevation ranging from 740 to 824 across its 109 acres. Most of Clarks Creek is in agricultural fields that are periodically mowed and being used as early successional habitat. About 27 acres of the preserve is forested with its last disturbance in 1975. The property contains a 1.5 acre pond as well on the southeastern side in one of the mowed areas. Clarks Creek Nature Preserve grasslands provide wildlife habitat for several declining bird species, and the water resources support aquatic species not found on other preserves.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 - Flat Branch Nature Preserve
Flat Branch Nature Preserve
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 10 m
Pretty nice trail. Very short, though really nicely done. Perfect if you're looking for somewhere to walk a dog. This location has several picnic tables, ample parking, water fountains, and bathrooms. There is a short boardwalk section along the north end of the trail as well not included in this route. Accessibility: This packed sediment trail is estimated to typically be at least 5 feet wide. The slope is gentle and estimated to range from -3% (downhill) to 2% (uphill) grade. There are 2 ADA-compliant car parking spots with a shared access aisle at the small paved trailhead lot. The short boardwalk section has edge barriers.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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