A couple weeks ago, we discovered a trail where tranquility embraces you from the first step.
The Broad River Greenway, located in Boiling Springs, NC, just past Shelby about an hour west of Uptown Charlotte on US 74, is a natural surface trail that hugs the banks of the Broad River for about 4 miles. There are also a number of spoke and loop trails accessible from the main stretch.
From the parking area (which is equipped with bathroom facilities), you can access the Cottonwood Trail (1.8 miles, one way) by taking a left at the river, or the River Trail (2.2 miles, one way) by taking a right. Here's a trail map. Both are part of the Carolina Thread Trail.
It's worth noting that mountain bikers and horseback riders are welcome on the trails as well.
How to get there:
The Broad River Greenway parking area is located at 126 Broad River Dr., Shelby, NC 28152. The trailhead to the Cottonwood Trail is next to the information board beside the restrooms.
Don't forget to take:
- Water: Stay hydrated on your hike. There are restroom facilities to refill.
- Snacks: Throw in a granola bar, trail mix or crackers.
- Backback or bag: Something lightweight and comfortable to carry your essentials.
- Bug spray: Fend off mosquitoes and ticks.
- Shoes: Comfortable sneakers or hiking boots.
- Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses: The river is bright and the trail is only partially shaded.