Trail Spotlight: Little Sugar Creek Greenway
Chances are if you’ve spent time in Uptown Charlotte you’ve been on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, but did you know it’s a part of the Carolina Thread Trail? This paved trail runs from the NoDa neighborhood to the Park Road Shopping Center and past SouthPark Mall. This will ultimately be a 15-mile-long connected trail, but there are currently three major segments totaling over 4.5 miles- Cordelia Park to 12th St., Brandywine Rd. to 7th St., and Huntingtowne Farm Park. Avoid the traffic by using this greenway instead of a vehicle to get to shops, restaurants and other attractions.
The Ruth G. Shaw Trail runs through the UNC Charlotte campus, but serves more than the student population. This 1.6-mile trail connects users to a larger trail system and runs along Toby Creek, providing respite from the built-up communities nearby.
Similarly, the Long Creek Trail connects to a larger trail system since it exists within the US National Whitewater Center. However, it is an example of the flourishing rural areas within Mecklenburg County.
Destinations that will be linked by the Carolina Thread Trail:
Davidson College is a liberal arts institution founded in 1837 by ministers of the Concord Presbytery. Its almost 2,000 students come from almost every state in the nation and many foreign countries. A highly selective admission process brings students who are proven scholars and leaders to a close campus community in the small town of Davidson, North Carolina.
102 N. Main Street
Davidson, NC 28036-9402
Phone: (704) 892-2000
Lake Norman has 520 miles of shoreline and a 34 mile long main channel. There are several access points, including Lake Norman State Park, which covers 13 miles of the shoreline and provides boating access. The park also boasts its own 33-acre lake where fishing and boating are enjoyed. And with hiking trails, picnic areas, interpretive programs and campgrounds, there’s more to Lake Norman State Park than merely water.
159 Inland Sea Lane
Troutman, NC 28166
When complete, the greenway will feature 19 miles of paths, habitats and flowing water from Cordelia Park just north of uptown, through the Midtown Square area, then on to the South Carolina line, conveniently linking CPCC, Carolinas Medical Center and the Park Road and Carolina Place shopping areas.
5841 Brookshire Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28216
The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is the world’s premier outdoor recreation and environmental learning center. Alongside mountain-biking trails, a climbing center, running trails, a ropes course and camping areas, the park’s unique feature is a multiple-channel, customized whitewater river for rafting and canoe/kayak enthusiasts of all abilities.
820 Hawfield Road
Charlotte, NC 28214
UNC Charlotte, a Charlotte-area research-intensive university, is the fourth largest of the 16 institutions within the University of North Carolina system and the largest institution in the Charlotte region, with over 21,500 students. The university comprises seven professional colleges and offers doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees.
9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001