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Greenways in Charlotte, NC

Efficient Admin (aka Michelle) has been hiking for eight years on the wonderful mountain trails of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Entrance to McAlpine Creek and Four Mile Creek Greenway

Charlotte, NC Has Many Awesome Greenways to Explore

McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek and Four Mile Creek Greenways are one of the many beautiful wetland nature trails that Charlotteans have access to. Even though it has 3 different names, it is the same greenway. This is an 8 mile trail regularly used by residents for walking, biking, roller skating, roller blading, walking pets, bird watching and nature study. It is located in the southern part of Charlotte, NC, and consists of pit gravel, elevated boardwalks, and asphalt trails which are quite wide and can accommodate everyone.

There are three entrances to this greenway – Highway 51, Johnston Road, and Bevington Road. There are picnic tables at the entrance of Highway 51 and many benches to rest on throughout the 8 miles of this nature trail. At the entrance to the Four Mile Creek trail (Johnston Road), there is a public restroom (a real bathroom with running water – not a porta-potty -- a great big Thank You to Mecklenburg County!). Parking is very limited at the Johnston Road and the Bevington Road entrance next to Trader Joes.

This greenway is managed and maintained by Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and they do a fine job of it. This greenway is also home to a variety of wildlife such as the Green Heron, Eastern Bluebird, Grey Tree frog, Northern Water Snake, Green Anole (lizard), and the Red Shouldered Hawk.

Watch a video showing the various parts of this greenway in Charlotte, NC.

Biking etiquette on the trail.  As a walker, make sure you always look behind you before crossing over the trail.

Biking etiquette on the trail. As a walker, make sure you always look behind you before crossing over the trail.

Trail Etiquette

When riding a bicycle on the greenway, always say “Passing on your left” when passing a walker to let them know you are there. If you are a walker and want to change lanes, it is highly recommended to look behind you because believe it or not some bicycles do not make any noises at all and you don’t want to get surprised and have a bike to crash into you. That would be painful.

These trails are also prone to flooding. After a good hard rain it is not possible to walk on these trails due to the overflowing creek, which runs with the trail. It can be extremely muddy on the boardwalks so proceed with great caution because it can be very slippery. However, when the sun is shining it does not take long for the trails to dry out.


Lower McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek, and Four Mile Creek Greenway

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation

  • Park and Rec Greenways
    The Mecklenburg County greenway system is quickly becoming one of the finest in the nation. Greenways are vegetated natural buffers that improve water quality, reduce the impacts of flooding, and provide wildlife habitat.

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© 2012 Michelle Dee


Michelle Dee (author) from Charlotte, NC on December 08, 2012:

Thank you so very much D.A.L. I love our Greenways here! There is a lot of good hiking in North Carolina. Stay tuned...........................:-)

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Thank you for stopping by and for your wonderful comments.

Dave from Lancashire north west England on December 08, 2012:

Hi as a naturalist living in the UK I am always interested in reading about the natural areas of your country. This hub was a warm and fascinating read, enhanced by some wonderful images. look forward to reading more of your hubs soon.

Michelle Dee (author) from Charlotte, NC on October 17, 2012:

Hiya 2besure -- me too. Are you familiar with McDowell Nature Preserve on Tryon (Hwy 49)? I love that place - it's great hiking! Here's a link:

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on October 15, 2012:

Hi neighbor, back at cha! I live not far from Carrowins! So you now I am pretty close to the greenways! I love Charlotte.

Michelle Dee (author) from Charlotte, NC on October 15, 2012:

Hi neighbor 2besure!! I was out there yesterday and walked 3.5 miles. I have lived here since 2000. I really love this greenway and it's only about 10 minutes from me. Glad you stopped by and thanks for the votes and shares! Who knows we may run into each other sometime!

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on October 14, 2012:

Wow, this is so beautiful, and it's only about 15 minutes from where I live. I have lived in Charlotte for about 10, years but did not know about this area. Going there tomorrow...road trip! Voted up, Tweeted, FB.

Michelle Dee (author) from Charlotte, NC on September 20, 2012:

You would love the greenways here - this is just one of them. I will publish some more photos in the future. Thanks for stopping by!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 20, 2012:

I'm starting to get annoyed because I'm not getting the notifications for everyone I follow. Well, I'm here now, and this was a beautiful tour of a city I have always wanted to visit. The photos are wonderful; thank you for taking me along on your trip. :)

Michelle Dee (author) from Charlotte, NC on September 17, 2012:

Mhatter99 - Back in the 1980s the Four Mile Creek area was all wild forest!! Thanks for reading and commenting.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on September 16, 2012:

Thank you for this beautiful tour. Arlene and I use to vacation in Charlotte in the 80's. But we stayed in the city.

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