McAlpine Creek Greenway Cottonwood Nature Trail

Charlotte, North Carolina 28105

McAlpine Creek Greenway Cottonwood Nature Trail

McAlpine Creek Greenway: Cottonwood Nature Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Not to be confused with the Lower McAlpine Creek Greenway, this route uses the straight and level McAlpine Greenway running along the banks of upper McAlpine Creek. After passing under a railroad trestle and Monroe Road, the path comes within sight of the Sardis Road overpass. Here, cross McAlpine Creek to join the Cottonwood Nature Trail as it winds through a forest at adjoining James Boyce Park.

In the spring the nature trail is lined with wildflowers, including the rare native larkspur. After hiking a little over a mile, the nature trail returns to McAlpine Creek. From here, the trek rejoins the greenway, backtracking to the trailhead parking lot."

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Trail Information

Charlotte
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.1
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Granular greenway and forested trail.
Terrain
Moderate
Skill Level
2-2.5 hours
Duration
Spring and fall.
Season
Wildflowers
Features
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department; call 311 or (980) 314-1000; www.mecknc.gov/ParkandRec
Local Contacts
USGS Mint Hill and Charlotte East; McAlpine Creek Greenway map available for download at www.mecknc.gov/parkandrec/greenways
Local Maps

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Dec 2018