Explore the most popular Wild Flowers 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.

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!!!

hiking
muddy
9 days ago

hiking
muddy
17 days ago

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

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.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Took their leashes off and let the boys run wild.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

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

hiking
muddy
off trail
1 month ago

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.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

This trail is primarily for mountain biking with ramps and turns but is fine for hiking as long as it's not busy. After rain the trail can be very muddy. Some difficulty following the trail as there are not a lot of markings.

There are no less than 24 trails here at the US National Whitewater Center. I completed approximately 12 miles of the hiking trails, looping in and out of separate treks. I would suggest you download the map prior to heading out ... there’s over 45 miles of trail to explore. Trails aren’t marked as well as they could be, so be conscious when out exploring. Trails are “common” so you will see mountain bikers, pets, hikers and trail runners using the same trails. I always make an effort to travel towards bikers so I can quickly navigate an escape. Be courteous and just move to the right, your efforts will be appreciated. I always enjoy water views so I made it a point to explore the Lake Trail outlining the Catawba River. The trails are challenging and rated moderate to difficult and you’ll feel the burn when you’re done. This place is Adventure Wonderland, everything from mountain biking, rock climbing, zip line, kayaking and also new this year ... an ice skating rink! Love it here, definitely my favorite place to explore all four seasons. There’s a $6 entrance fee and parking is plentiful ... even on busy weekends. If you live in or near the Charlotte area and like adventure, consider their annual membership pass ... it’ll save you some cash. I paused this trail recording several times to capture some images, so the stats may be a little off. Great, Fun Day overall !!!

hiking
2 months ago

The park itself is nice, but the trail is pretty bad. It’s very hard to follow, definitely hasn’t been kept up, and it seems to just stop at some points where based on the map it should keep going. I doubt me and my pup will be coming back.

hiking
over grown
4 months ago

Nice and easy!!

walking
no shade
4 months ago

There are many trails in this location; while not difficult at all definitely a peaceful location. Would be an easy trail run, walk with the family, or just nice exercise. Watch for dog poop though. You will hear vehicle traffic along the entire trail, so it's not necessarily "quiet / out in deep nature."

Really pretty, peaceful trail. Easy to get lost, though, if you don’t pay close attention to the app.

The rock house was cool, but the lack of blazes wasn’t. Got lost a few times and even ended up on the disc golf course somehow. The placement of the markers isn’t well thought out, as there were no arrows pointing which direction to go, just a sign post that could have been for 2 different directions. The trailhead map is sun-worn, so the blaze colors are all unrecognizable. Easy trail, but super narrow and not meant for much traffic. Watch out for the box turtles hanging out on the trail!

Fun path, plenty of nature, saw a bunch of deer. Quiet and peaceful. A nice mix of rocky and smooth terrain. Construction is in process to extend the Greenway.

Excellent variety of trails, beware of bikers though! Did North and south loops, of note was the “toilet bowl” side loop in the south loop- recommend!

Visited in Sept. 2019. Parking is a reasonable $6 for all day (it’s a nonprofit org. that supports & trains our national whitewater athletes so don’t be so chintzy). $30 to rent one of their bikes or BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike) for free. Only $59 for an adult day pass for all activities (zip lines, climbing walls, rope courses, whitewater rafting, flat & whitewater kayaking & front suspension bike- full suspension bikes are an extra upgrade). Over 40 miles of hiking/ biking trails from easy to advanced. I did a few of the easy trails (Lake Loop, Jack rabbit, Carolina Thread) and two of the intermediate trails (North Main & Academy). I completed the North Main cautiously but the Academy trail was (for me) a little too steep, leaf-covered with root-filled switchbacks and drops and I had to walk my bike on several stretches. I’m fairly new to mountain biking so your results may vary. I went mid week and it wasn’t very crowded on the trails. The trails are well shaded.

hiking
5 months ago

This is definitely more of a mountain bike trail than a hiking trail. For mountain bikers, there were some cool twists and turns and even some man-made jumps. For a hiker, it was meh. -As of today (9/9/19), the address marked for this trail (Island Park Circle) does not actually get you to a trail. It is a dead end street with no indicators pointing to the Mallard Creek Greenway. I have no idea how a previous hiker got there from that location (without trespassing onto school property.) I found a residential entrance at 9223 Fairmeade Drive, Charlotte. -The beginning of this trail starting from the Fairmeade parking starts off paved and under direct sunlight. It also follows under powerlines. Ugh. Not my idea of hiking, but it’s a means to an end. -The paved Greenway goes under a bridge (Mallard Creek Drive) and later follows what I’m guessing is a sewer line (it smelled) next to the pretty mallard creek water. The paved Greenway also passes behind a Montessori school where kids in the backyard stare at you. -Once you enter the University Research Park, the paved greenway ends and the rocky pebble path begins. The wooded trail starts at an odd, abrupt 90° turn counterclockwise, and another 90° turn counter clockwise once you’re up the hill, but it is beautiful once you get in there. -The entrance to the actual mountain bike zigzagging trail is *darn near impossible* to spot if you are not following your AllTrails map. (You can see on my recording that I missed it entirely, and ended up accidentally walking up to Governor Hunt Rd.) -The mountain bike trail was a hard trail to follow. Absolutely no parts are marked, and many times I had to refer to my AllTrail map to see if I was still on the right path. It was annoying to have to constantly turn on my phone and refer to an electronic device when I just wanted to be out in nature. (Maybe that is normal with mountain bike trails. I wouldn’t know. This was the first mountain bike trail that I’ve hiked.) Overall, glad I tried it once, but will not return.

beautiful trails, stroller friendly(our Bob did great), clean restroom. trails were wide and very well kept

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