What to do and see in Charlotte, North Carolina (NC): The Best Hiking Trails

October 16, 2021 Madelene Haan

Charlotte /ˈʃɑːrlət/ is the most populous city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Located in the Piedmont, it is the county seat of Mecklenburg County.
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1. McAlpine Creek Park

8711 Monroe Rd, Charlotte, NC 28212-7517 +1 704-568-4044 http://www.mecknc.gov/parkandrec/parks/parksbyregion/southregion/pages/mcalpinepk.aspx
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5.0 based on 1 reviews

McAlpine Creek Park

2. Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve

2900 Rocky River Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215-7533 +1 704-598-8857 [email protected] http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+The+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services/Nature+Preserves/Reedy.htm#Location%20and%20Directions
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve

Reviewed By Q3633SWteresas

This park is a great place to spend a day outside! There are picnic areas, a fishing pier, a kids’obstacle course, a basketball court and a disc golf course if you’re looking for recreational activities. My favourite part of the park, though, was the nature preserve and its lovely hiking trails. I picked up a map at the nature centre — which also has some interesting displays of local reptiles — and headed out on a 90 minute walk. The trails were well maintained, wide and easy to hike. They were also well marked. I met an eastern box turtle along the way and only came across one other person. It was a very peaceful and beautiful hike. Half the hiking trails are closed right now because of a stream restoration but there are still options to keep you walking for a couple of hours if you are inclined to do so. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting the area who likes to go for walks in the woods.

3. Little Sugar Creek Greenway

East 7th Street to East Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC +1 704-336-3854 http://www.charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/PI/pages/littlesugarcreekgreenwaystreamrestoration.aspx
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4.5 based on 189 reviews

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

Reviewed By Mark-in-NC - Mooresville, United States

The city spent a LOT of money on this (I live outside Charlotte), but it was worth it. I like to have lunch in the Metropolitan shopping area then walk it off on the Greenway. Highly recommended.

4. Four Mile Creek Greenway

Charlotte, NC 28277 http://www.carolinathreadtrailmap.org/trails/trail/lower-mcalpine-creek-greenway-mcmullen-creek-greenway-four-mile-creek-greenway
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Four Mile Creek Greenway

5. Carolina Thread Trail

Charlotte, NC 28209 http://www.carolinathreadtrailmap.org/trails
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Carolina Thread Trail

6. McMullen Creek Greenway

11817 Johnston Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226-3974
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

McMullen Creek Greenway

Reviewed By Chrisinkingwood2 - Houston, United States

Another nice park to stretch your legs and get out in nature. We went on New Year's Day and it was rather busy but plenty of room for everyone to enjoy. The trails are flat, either dirt or packed gravel and wide enough for walkers and bikes to share. Lots of nature, we saw ducks feeding in slough and a heard of deer cross in front of us!

7. Six Mile Creek Greenway

17820 Marvin Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277-1874
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3.5 based on 5 reviews

Six Mile Creek Greenway

8. Hornets Nest Park

6700 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216-1910 +1 980-343-6110 http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec/Parks/ParksByRegion/NorthRegion/Pages/Hornets.aspx
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3.5 based on 7 reviews

Hornets Nest Park

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