Best walking trails in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Explore the most popular walking 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.
Map of walking trails in Charlotte, North Carolina
Top trails (65)
#1 - Colonel Francis Beatty Park Loop
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
Singletrack loop with little, if any, elevation gain. Mildy technical, but all levels of experience can have a great time. It can be rooty at times, but fun walking or mountain biking at speed. Please note that mountain bikes are not allowed on trails when they are wet.Show more
#2 - Reedy Creek Nature Preserve Trail
Reedy Creek Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
#3 - Roller Coaster to Main Loop to Big Lake Loop
Sherman Branch Mountain Biking Park
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 3 h 54 m
This is a clockwise loop of singletrack trails. Great for geared XC bikes and single-speed. Show more
#4 - McAlpine Creek Greenway to Campbell Creek Greenway
Idlewild Road Park
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 3 h 25 m
#5 - Mallard Creek Greenway
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 3 h 43 m
#6 - 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
#7 - Little Sugar Creek Greenway
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
#8 - Four Mile Creek Greenway
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
#9 - 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
#10 - 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
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