The wide, smooth, well-maintained trail – perfect for bikes, skates, scooters or walking -- is a lot like the nearby Little Sugar Creek Greenway that borders the creek and meanders through Midtown, Freedom Park and the Myers Park neighborhood.
Here’s a good two-mile (out and back) option for getting some exercise and discovering some new things about the Queen City.
Carson St. station just outside of Uptown. Carson St. intersects South Blvd. at the Dowd YMCA. You can park on the nearby neighborhood streets for free or at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church for $5 (the church lot serves as a city-sanctioned public lot during business hours. You’ll see an automated pay station when you park.)
Sycamore Brewing Company, a good stopping/turnaround point with lot to see in between.
You can also rent a bike through Charlotte B-cycle at the Bland St. station or East/West station. Or grab a nearby LimeBike or Spin bicycle using their apps. (Don’t forget to bring your own helmet!)
Charlotte Art League art gallery.
Price’s Chicken Coop, a Charlotte fixture since 1962. And then for a milkshake at Pike’s Soda Shop, another classic Queen City establishment.
The Carson St. station is located at 218 E. Carson Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203. Park on the street nearby or at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church across South Blvd. from the station. Follow the Charlotte Rail Trail south, away from uptown.
Don’t forget to take:
- Bikes, scooters and helmets or comfy walking shoes: The Rail Trail is super pedestrian-friendly.
- Water: Stay hydrated.
- Money: For refreshments along the way.
- Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen: There is very little shade along the trail.