Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

It was last year when my friend and I rode the mountain bike trail.,It was our first time on a mountain bike but a look workout and loads of fun.

mountain biking
21 days ago

This is a review (for the most part) of the green loop/section only. The green section/loop is the easiest part of this trail and is great for a family ride with kids eight years and older. It’s also the longest section of the trail.

This is one of the prettiest trails in the Charlotte MSA in my opinion. My family and I have ridden it at least a hundred times. The lake, ringed with thick forest, is postcard picturesque in the spring, summer, and fall. The trail is shared by both walkers and mountain bikers, although there are more walkers than mountain bikers for the most part. The trail has really nice flow, including some cool bridges and technical areas to ride over, including some fun drop-offs, jumps, balance beams, and shallow burns that prove easy enough for our ten year old to handle. This is, however, a rooty trail, and can be quite jarring at times. But for us, that’s what makes it fun! And last but not least, this trail is very well maintained and well designed in my opinion. Kudus to the Tarheel Trailblazers for doing such a good job.

The only concerns I would tell newcomers to be aware of are:
1) This trail is not well marked in certain places, and can be confusing if you are not familiar with it. But as long as you have your smart phone with you, loaded up with a good trail app (like Alltrails) you won’t have any problem.
2) Watch out for copperheads in the fall. During this time of year they come out to sun themselves on the warm dirt trails. They blend in very well with their surroundings and can be hard to see.
3) The black and blue sections of this trail are insainly rooty. Too rooty to make it fun in my opionion. And definatly too rooty to get good flow. But each to his own. Some folks like super rooty tails. Just my opinion that's all.

This is a greenway and not a trail. It's paved or gravel--no dirt. For this reason it can get really hot in the summer compared to a wooded trail because the vast majority of the trail is not shaded. It's an okay trail for getting a feel for your mountain bike if you've never ridden before, but even beginners will be board to death on this trail in my opinion. This is a take your kid on their training wheel bike trail. So for that sort of thing it’s perfect. Or maybe not, given that there is an unbelievable amount of dog poop and duck poop on the trail. Magnitudes more poop than on any other greenway or trail we've ridden in the Charlotte MSA. Never seen a more poopy trail in my life.

22 days ago

Some of he trail is paved, pushing a stroller wasn’t too bad. Did the figure 8 to see the whole trail and spent some time in the playground in the back.

Great walk in the woods. Easy to traverse for little ones. Plenty to see. Heavily wooded, lots of poison ivy— my suggestion is pants and some bug repellent. From parking and around the outermost loop is 2.5 miles.

this is our second favorite trail just nudging out 4 mile (Squirrel Lake Park). only because it's a lot longer trail.

Good day out on the trail. Closed to bikes because of the rain so nice hike.

Very heavily forested area with lots of sun cover, lots of insects, so many different types of plants and fungi. Definitely recommend this place to anyone who is passing through the area and has a few hours to stop in for a quick hike.

nature trips
1 month ago

We live 10 mins away from here and never knew this even existed. We heard about it from our neighborhood newsletter and decided to check it out. I literally drove by this road a million times as a kid but hadn’t been down Norland in years. I was so happy to see they had build a small parking area, super nice bathrooms, and information area. This is a great getaway from the city while your in the city! Our dogs loved it. All the trails were super easy, but we loved how secluded it felt especially with how close to uptown it is! Will return!

Nice area with more trails than the loop shown here. All in there are about 8 miles of wooded hiking/walking trails, as well as a small interpretive center that even loans fishing poles for free. Most of the trails appear pretty well marked, though a couple of trail junctions were at parking areas so you have to look around a bit.

trail running
2 months ago

Good training spot if you work on this side of Charlotte. During Summer, there are snakes in the middle of the trail sometimes.

nice 1mile loop in an urban city, feels like the forest.

Great paced trail most of the way. Some crushed gravel trails. Along a creek. Lots of birds and other nature. Nice pond about half way.

mountain biking
2 months ago

I just got back into the saddle for mountain biking so its been a llllllooooonnngg time since I have rode. but I will say that this trail definitely has some challenge. but at the same time it has places for you to catch your breath.

I am a fat boy now,,, but as soon as I lose some weight I beleive the trail will be way more enjoyable.

mountain biking
2 months ago

I’m new to riding and stuck to the moderate trails. The trails were well maintained with a nice mix of hills, narrow spots, switchbacks, river views, etc. $6 to park and is a steal. Be sure to check their website before going as the trails are sometimes closed after rain. I will be going back.

I absolutely love riding at the whitewater center. These trails never bore me, even though I’m pretty sure I’ve covered almost every square inch of them by now. They do a great job of keeping them maintained and there’s nothing nicer to come off a great ride and grab a tall boy afterwards and sit by the water or stay a little later and listen to the live music.

Best place for trail running

Urban Park. Stroll in the woods. Adjacent is a disc golf course.

Tucked in behind the cemetary. Parked at the school.

$6 entry fee at the gate fully worth it. My Husband and I hiked the 3 mile green trail today. Lots of mountain bikers but all were respectful. We would move to the side to let them pass. Beautiful views and moderate hiking. Would do it every week if we were local. We highly recommend it. Good shoes and water a must!

Great short walk!

Good intermediate trail and practice for some more challenging mountain rides. well maintained nice ride.

good trail for beginners looking to build technical skills and fun fast intermediate ride.

smaller trails around the park off of Monroe. They run crosscountry events there. Good trail for a city.

Pretty and very well-maintained. It can get somewhat crowded on pretty days.

Well-maintained trails thanks to volunteers. Little easy to get turned around at the Forks and find yourself making against the flow. Nice mix of cruising trails and some technical pieces.

mountain biking
4 months ago

First there is more like 30 miles of trail built for mountainbiking. There are harder and easier trails as is is broken down by loop name. These trails existed before the WWC took over and were built by the Tarheel Trail Blazers Mountain Bike club. The WWC has improved the trails and added miles. Hiking and running allowed but don't wear headphones on mountainbike trails and keep in mind who built them, mountainbikers.

trail running
4 months ago

The path being maintained now is different than the one shown here, so while you can still find the old path, it would be better to attempt to follow a more recent recording. And even then it's so easy to get off track that trail running was ridiculous, always stopping to see if I'm still going the right way.

Very easy which is why I can’t bring myself to call what we did hiking. Not much to see along the way. Very poorly marked. Great for beginners, small kids but don’t expect to be wowed.

One of my favorite places to hike in Charlotte. You have to watch out for mountain bikers, but they have signs that encourage the walkers to go one way and then bikers opposite direction so you can see them coming. And if it’s getting too long, lots of switchbacks that you can cut across.

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