Best Greenways in Charlotte
It's that time of year again when the weather cools down just right, for me anyway, to enjoy the area accessible. For the past few years, Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation have been appropriating money towards the hot new environmentally friendly concept of "greenways." What's a greenway?
"Greenways are vegetated natural buffers that improve water quality, reduce the impacts of flooding, and provide wildlife habitat. Greenway trails provide recreation, transportation, fitness, and economic benefits for all to enjoy. There are 33 miles of developed and 147 miles of undeveloped greenways in Mecklenburg County." from www.parksandrec.com/greenways
My personal favorite is the Four Mile Creek, Lower McAlpine and McMullen Greenway situated near Hwy. 51 and Johnston Rd. It is shaped like a horseshoe with new boardwalks, gravel, and asphalt surfaces through picturesque wetlands. For those who aren't quite into mountain biking, but enjoy the nice bike ride, this is it! It doesn't even feel like your in Charlotte. There are two downsides in that the trails are slightly narrow and it goes under 485 twice, but it's still worth it to enjoy the beauty.
Second to that would be McAlpine Creek which mainly accessible through the park off Monroe Rd., but has several other entrances. Wide trails are mainly gravel equaling 4.1 miles through areas consisting of 188 documented species of birds, as well as beavers and river otters. I like this one because the trails are wider and easier to maneuver with a bike. I don't like that it smells horribly in many places because of the pipes that release the gases from the landfills.
Third favorite is the three sections of the semi-connected greenways of Little Sugar Creek. One section is about a mile through the developing Belmont neighborhood. It skips the uptown/downtown area then picks back up at Morehead Street through Freedom Park and ending behind the Park Road Shopping Center. I love it because it goes through Freedom Park, but hate it because it's so disjointed.
Whether you prefer to bike, walk, skip or jump through these glorious havens, they are sure to please the whole family. Perfect for any lover of birds, flora and fauna!
Where's your favorite greenway?