McAlpine Creek Park, Charlotte NC

There are several locations in Southeast Charlotte, in the North Carolina metropolitan area, where residents and visitors can enjoy walking and jogging trails. A network of greenways in South Charlotte, a park and greenway in the town of Matthews, and a large county park near Waxhaw, North Carolina, are popular choices. These places offer the opportunity to exercise and enjoy the natural environment.

The greenway of McAlpine Creek is Charlotte Greenway’s original park. The greenway winds through an area near Independence Boulevard, Monroe Road and Sardis Road. The trail is a mixture of asphalt and gravel. It crosses wooded areas and passes in front of a marsh and a small pond. Hikers can usually see many birds and sometimes they can see beavers and river otters. The deer can often be seen at sunset. Although the greenway is located near busy highways, it is an urban oasis southeast of Charlotte. Main access and parking are located at McAlpine Creek Community Park on Monroe Road. The 3-kilometer Cottonwood Discovery Trail is accessible via the McAlpine Creek Greenway.

The Nature Trail parking lot is located in the James Boyce Community Park. On Margaret Wallace Road, the greenway of McAlpine Creek is connected to the Campbell Creek Greenway, which extends for four miles. This road crosses a tributary of McAlpine Creek between Harris Boulevard and Margaret Wallace Road. The Greenway is a favorite spot for birdwatching in the Charlotte area. Parking and access are located on Margaret Wallace Road, in front of the fire station. These greenways are open every day from 7am to sunset.

The city of Matthews, North Carolina, has developed a three-kilometer greenway that connects downtown Matthews to Squirrel Lake Park. The trail winds along the Four Mile Creek and runs through a pond with a fishing pier. There are sections of asphalt and promenade. Parking is available at Squirrel Lake Park, located at 1631 Pleasant Plains Road. The park also offers a disc golf course, a playground and a toilet.
The city of Matthews, North Carolina, has developed a three-kilometer greenway that connects downtown Matthews to Squirrel Lake Park. The trail winds along the Four Mile Creek and runs through a pond with a fishing pier. There are sections of asphalt and promenade. Parking is available at Squirrel Lake Park, located at 1631 Pleasant Plains Road. The park also offers a disc golf course, a playground and a toilet
Cane Creek Park is a popular Union County Park near Waxhaw, North Carolina. The centerpiece of the park is the picturesque Lake Cane Creek, a trophy lake. Six different trails cross the 1,050-acre park and around the lake. Other amenities at Cane Creek include fishing, boating, camping and mountain biking, as well as swimming and mini golf in the summer. The park is located at 5213 Harkey Road in Waxhaw. There is an entrance fee of $ 4 per vehicle.

These parks and greenways offer a perfect escape from the noise and traffic of a busy urban area. All of these options allow users to go out and enjoy nature.

Get on I-277 N/US-74 E from Scott Ave and Kenilworth Ave4 min (1.2 mi)

Head northwest on East Blvd toward Scott Ave184 ft

Turn right onto Scott Ave0.4 mi

Continue onto Kenilworth Ave 

Pass by Wells Fargo Bank (on the right in 0.3 mi)

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Turn right to merge onto I-277 N/US-74 E0.1 miFollow US-74 E and E Independence Blvd/E Independence Expy to Wallace Ln7 min (6.3 mi)

Merge onto I-277 N/US-74 E0.4 mi

Keep right at the fork to continue on US-74 E, follow signs for NC-27 E/Independence Expy2.9 mi

Keep left to continue on E Independence Blvd/E Independence Expy3.0 miTake Monroe Rd to your destination5 min (2.4 mi)

Turn right onto Wallace Ln0.4 mi

Turn left onto Monroe Rd1.9 mi

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While in Charlotte, visit the U.S. National Whitewater Center

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