Explore the most popular Running 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
9 days ago

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

Couples galore

hiking
muddy
15 days ago

hiking
muddy
17 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!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Nice & easy trail. It’s convenient to get to, and once you’re there it is a lovely and quiet walk to do.

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.

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 !

walking
muddy
over grown
washed out
1 month ago

The Little Sugar Creek Greenway is a popular destination for residents to walk, bike and run in Uptown Charlotte. This trail is part of the Carolina Thread Trail that extends through North and South Carolina. I started the trail on Elizabeth Avenue next to CPCC community college. This is one of my favorites as you can people watch while walking. The trail aligns Midtown, through Uptown and empties into the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte. After about 2.6 miles I veered left onto the Ruth Samuelson Trail. This short trail will take you past the Nature Museum, just a little further down. You can also take the bridge into Freedom Park which is a venue within itself. The trails were a little muddy under the bridges but generally clear after last nights rain. The best thing about this trail is that you can “enter” or “exit” in multiple areas. There’s a running stream the length of the trail and a man made lake inside Freedom Park. If you’re interested in exploring Charlotte’s Uptown Neighborhood, bring your camera and enter any area along the stream. Trail is fully paved and narrow in some areas, so leisure biking is a better bet. A nice route in the heart of Uptown Charlotte

hiking
1 month ago

Took their leashes off and let the boys run wild.

Urban is an understatement.

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.

High traffic run route but so much to see and great run through South End

running
1 month ago

Great place to run minus the cigarette smokers and flooding after storms.

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

This is an active community trail in South Charlotte NC, mainly used for biking and walking. Trail is well maintained by Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation. Most of the park is wetlands and supplemented by several boardwalks to make it walkable. Trail is used by many of the locals to run, bike and walk their dogs. There are several trail entrances into the local community, allowing easy access for pedestrians. The McMullen Trail connects to the Lower McAlpine and 4 Mile Creek Greenways. There are a few low lying areas that accumulate muddy spots but nothing you can’t walk around. I went out 3.5 miles, turned around and got just under 7 miles in. Plenty of parking in the lot off highway 51. There’s a bike repair station and water fountain at the start of the trail . You will definitely see some local wildlife while on your hike ... deer and the NC common Blue Heron. Another great NC trail ... nice and quiet for family activities or lone hikes.

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 Urban Trail is a nice leisurely stroll through Uptown Charlotte’s “Third Ward” District. I entered the Wesley Heights Connector next to Panthers Stadium on South Mint Street. This portion starts from the sidewalk, through a couple parking lots and then enters a more private part of the trail. This part of the trail borders the railroad tracks and gives you a nice view of the Wards mid century historic homes. I followed the trail to Seversville Park, then doubled back and branched off left to Frazier Park. The park has a soccer field, playground, and a decent sized dog park. I exited the the end of the Frazier trail at Sycamore and Margaret Brown. This asphalt trail is well traveled and looks to be a community favorite. Easy access to Uptown and is a part of the Carolina Thread Trail. Every few hundred yards, there’s access to your particular neighborhood which creates a great sense of connectivity. Experience this trail and get a great tour of Charlotte’s renowned Third Ward. Walk the trail around football season and you might get a peek at a few Panthers players . See ya on the trail

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