Looking for a great trail near Charlotte, North Carolina? AllTrails has 29 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Crowders Mountain State Park or Stowe Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Latta Park or McDowell Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 19 easy trails in Charlotte ranging from 0.7 to 11.4 miles and from 534 to 797 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

nature trips

walking

hiking

dogs on leash

forest

trail running

kid friendly

views

bird watching

wildlife

mountain biking

wild flowers

lake

river

wheelchair friendly

partially paved

stroller friendly

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hiking
blowdown
bridge out
muddy
off trail
over grown
3 days ago

hiking
bridge out
washed out
3 days ago

More cars in the parking lot than I’ve seen before but hardly saw anyone on the trails. Trail completely washed out in some spots with no prior warning. Had to be creative to cross the water or turn around and go another way. Otherwise quiet and peaceful walk on a nice day

trail running
muddy
4 days ago

went the day after a rain so the trails were very muddy. Mtb have made some very deep ruts in the trails where water just pools up and there's no way around these spots. Had 6 or 7 places where the only option was to sink my feet into mud.

Solid elevation gain for being in the city. Even on a rainy day there were bikers on the trail so I'd imagine it is heavily biked in nice weather.

I agree with other reviews that the trail is not well marked got lost 2 times and didn't fully understand the route until my third run around the loop.

trail running
7 days ago

Well marked. I recorded 5.8m and 715' climbing over complete loop. Challenging end of moderate, good flow, not too technical.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
off trail
8 days ago

Nice hike. Paved trail.

Wide,well marked and maintained Trail, plenty of parking.

I didn't see any goose poop, saw some dog poop mostly on the edge of the Greenway. I'd say about half of it is paved the other half is gravel. I didn't go down the whole way because you had to get onto a bridge without a pedestrian section to cross over to the rest of the trail. I started at Sardis road and took it all the way down to the bridge you would have to cross to get to the rest of the trail.

hiking
22 days ago

The trail was closed by the national Whitewater service people when I arrived. I’m not sure how you would find out about this before hand. Also, there’s a five dollar entry fee even if Trail is open.

Loved this spot! Perfect for young children. Lots of picture spots too.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is under construction - I’ll give it a “do over” come spring time

mountain biking
muddy
1 month ago

It is a very congested trail. However, especially during winter months, it is perfect as it is paved. The views are okay-not the trail you go on if you want to get away from the city, but still offers some wildlife. That being said, the length is perfect, and it will probably become my husband and I’s go-to trail as it is very close.

on Umbrella Tree Trail

trail running
1 month ago

Clean, safe, and one mile laps! Great tree roots, hills and stairs for beginning trail runner. Close enough to parking lot I leave my water bottle in my car.

Only hiked 1.5 miles of Greenway, but will definitely return to do more. Would be nice to have some signage along the way

trail running
muddy
1 month ago

I go here with family members whenever I've visiting the Charlotte area. A very pleasant, heavily forested network of trails that allows for multiple combinations and new options each visit. Take note of the recommendation at the trailheads: hikers and runners ought to travel the opposite direction of the mountain bikers so there aren't any surprises. If followed accordingly, the bikers should not be much of an issue.

This is not an entirely flat series of trails, so if you are looking for some elevation gain in your hike or trail run this offers some variation.

You might be disappointed to find the trails closed after a recent downpour, due to mud. This affects the mountain biking trail quality, rendering it impossible, however I don't think it necessarily makes a hike too difficult. IMO the trails should always remain open to hikers.

hiking
2 months ago

Cool little hidden gem! Loved the eire feel during a cold rainy day. Poo tracks was my absolute favorite part of the hike

hiking
2 months ago

Walked this with my son and a group of Trail Life USA guys. Had a great walk. Water didn’t seem as clean as it should have been. The water in the slow moving creek/branch was foamy. Not sure if foamy is a sign of pollution or not but was foamy none the less. Other than the water, the walk was great.

trail running
2 months ago

Solid trails. They have lots of rocks and roots so be aware as you run. Make sure to follow marked signs (running opposite of the MTB loops) for the safest experience. Everyone I've ever passed/been passed by has been courteous and friendly.

walking
2 months ago

We love to walk our dog here ... very relaxed ...the scenery is great and it’s our favorite walk right in the backyard ..

mountain biking
3 months ago

Please follow directional signs. All persons on foot Clockwise only! All dogs on leash only! All bikers counter-clockwise only! If using earbuds please leave one ear open so people can call out as they approach you. Simple rules to keep everyone safe.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Great flow and good length with options to tailor the trail to your level of riding. Don’t recommend hiking here - dominated by fast mountain bikers.

Great mix of natural surroundings, wonderful little nature center, and hikes for most skill levels.

Great little trail complex right outside Uptown Charlotte. Easy but unpaved so has a very natural feel.

If you live in Charlotte are are seeking a little solitude that is convenient, this is a quick escape especially if you go during the week. Park gets really crowded at times but overall a great place for a quick and easy hike through the woods. I go here alone but hiking is easy for kids as well.

For a $6 parking fee you have access to flat and well-maintained trails with an average amount of roots and stones to navigate as you pass through forest. The Lake Trail features several undeveloped ponds and is well demarcated.

We had a blast mountain biking but trails are ho-hum for hiking. As others have noted, everyone on the trail was respectful so please follow suit.

There are plenty of bathroom facilities on site and a top-notch restaurant. Climbing ropes are a short stroll from the restaurant if your kids still have energy to burn (of course, ours did). For a fee you can Zipline or try the 100ft drop in fair weather. in summer months, you can free climb the climbing wall suspended over a deep pool or brave white water in kayaks. You can also attend free concerts here.

walking
3 months ago

Nice walk. Like a college campus.

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