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The mixed hardwood forest arching over the singletrack provides shading for the most part until you reach the dam. The lake was created back in 1976 as part of a combined project completed by the Union County and federal governments. It's a popular fishing spot. Great blue herons and osprey took positions on lakeside branches, looking for a meal. The singletrack generally follows the banks of Cane Creek Lake. The camping facilities at the park make it easy to stick around and spend a couple of days exploring side trails, fishing, and swimming.
Cane Creek Park Professional Review and Guide
"The mixed hardwood forest arching over the singletrack provides shading for the most part until you reach the dam. The lake was created back in 1976 as part of a combined project completed by the Union County and federal governments. It's a popular fishing spot. Great blue herons and osprey took positions on lakeside branches, looking for a meal. The singletrack generally follows the banks of Cane Creek Lake. The camping facilities at the park make it easy to stick around and spend a couple of days exploring side trails, fishing, and swimming."
--Steve Jones, Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains (Menasha Ridge Press).
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"Starting from the southern section of Cane Creek Park, this trail departs from the primitive-camping parking lot on the shore of Cane Creek Lake. The route combines two popular trails in the park to create a simple balloon hike. Hike along the shore of Cane Creek Lake before exploring the surrounding forest. An extensive picnic-pavilion development about halfway through the hike makes for a well- positioned resting point."
--Joshua Kinser , Five-Star Trails: Charlotte (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Cane Creek Park has a lot to offer. Located to the south of Charlotte in Waxhaw, the park has an extensive day- use area and a large campground that surround a 350-acre prized- bass lake. The property is connected by an extensive trail network. Some of the trails are for hikers only, while others are multiuse trails that are shared by hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. This route explores several different trails in the day- use area. It first follows the Red Trail that weaves through the forest and traces the park’s northern boundary. Then the path veers south to meet the banks of Cane Creek Lake.
Once it arrives at the water, the hike travels the Orange Trail to encounter stunning views of Cane Creek Lake. Then the path joins the Yellow Trail to explore several of the park’s recreational facilities, including a boating dock, picnic area, playground, and even a miniature golf course. These amenities are very near the trailhead and can be enjoyed before or after the hike."
--Jennifer Pharr Davis & Johnny Molloy, Best Hikes Charlotte (Falcon Guides).
"The Red Loop hike starts in the northern portion of Cane Creek Park and is more than 3 miles long but has little elevation. It’s an easy hike through mostly forested terrain. A good hike for older kids who can handle the 3-mile trek, the trail passes a climbing wall station, soccer field, and Cane Creek Lake. Several spur trails lead to nice picnic pavilions, and with all of the recreation opportunities along the route, it’s easy enough to make a whole day of the hike."
"A number of trails lace the land around the lake. The directions given here lay out two loops: The first is a beginner’s loop with a minimum of technical challenges, though it does contain some huge, skanky, horse-induced mudholes. The second loop offers a number of tricky rock gardens and stream crossings that can slap you down in a big way if you don’t play them right. An excellent pair of jumps bookend the grassy area just before the dam. For an interesting—if somewhat unsavory—wildlife experience, keep an eye out for the buzzard tower. The park offers several other really nice features. There are picnic facilities all over the place and a snack bar down by the beach. The bathhouses contain free showers and flush toilets. If you ask nicely at the office, they’ll let you use a hose to wash your bikes off. And for a measly $2, you can go swim in the lake and wash the dust from your weary bones. Tread: 11.3 miles of singletrack; 0.5 mile of grassy doubletrack; 0.1 mile of gravel doubletrack."
--Timm Muth, Mountain Biking North Carolina (Falcon Guides).
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