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McAlpine Creek Greenway Professional Review and Guide
"McAlpine Creek Park is a wonderful place for the urban hiker to explore level dirt trails and granular greenways that weave through wooded areas, along a creek, and past two park ponds. The suggested 7.0-mile route allows hikers to meander around the McAlpine Cross-Country Course and then venture to the southeast portion of the greenway before exploring the adjoining Cottonwood Nature Trail on the return route."
--Jennifer Pharr Davis, Best Easy Day Hikes: Charlotte (Falcon Guides).
The best spot I know of to see animals in Charlotte is the pond east of the fishing pond off Monroe Road. I frequently see turtles sunning and a great blue heron on an old beaver lodge. Sometimes a turtle will be on a trail, too. Lots of nice people are on the trail, as well. The greenway is along a sewer line, and the creek isn't much to see. A trail more interesting than the greenway is north of the fishing pond and east of the greenway. The park is well maintained, except for the debris that accumulates in the creek.
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