Little Sugar Creek Greenway, Charlotte

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Little Sugar Creek Greenway is a linear park and stream restoration project in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. When completed it will consist of twenty miles of trails and paved walkways running from Cordelia Park just north of uptown Charlotte, then south through midtown Charlotte, and continuing all the way to the South Carolina state line. The Little Sugar Creek Greenway will be a key part of the Carolina Thread Trail, a regionwide network of trails that will ultimately pass through 15 counties.
Greenways are narrow strips of land, planted and managed to provide both human recreation and wildlife habitat. Greenways along streams, such as Little Sugar Creek, improve water quality and help control flooding. There are about 37 miles of developed greenways in Mecklenburg County, of which this is only one.
The two urban sections of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway were championed by Central Piedmont Community College president Tony Zeiss and together provide five unbroken miles of paved walkway from East 7th Street southward to Brandywine Road.
Little Sugar CreekUnlike many large cities, Charlotte is not sited on or near a sea, lake, or significant river; its hydrogeography is based on small streams and creeks, Little Sugar Creek being perhaps the most prominent. The name of Little Sugar Creek (which has also been called Sugar Creek, a name that has also been applied to what is now called Irwin Creek) derives from the Sugaree tribe indigenous to the area.
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  • My husband and I spent the morning walking this trail while we were in town visiting friends. We did a few geocaches along the way. We stopped at one of the many benches along the way and had a snack....  more »
  • We bike this trail often as it is a really nice ride. It does flood when it rains a lot but other than that it is very ridable. We go earlier in the morning as it does get busy in nice weather...  more »
  • It was great to have most of the walkway and playgrounds in the shade. The creek follows the path and makes it interesting when the ducks are fooling around. Water fountains conveniently located in the different sections by Freedom Park.
  • Great place to go for a walk/run. The pathway follows along a creek. There are multiple parking lots along the trail. It is well maintained. Very pretty views along the trail. There are water fountains, statues, landscapes, and more. Would recommend this to anyone that would like to get some exercise in, take the kids on a walk, or get some peace and quiet.

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