Thursday, November 8, 2018

Stewart Creek and Irwin Creek Greenways

I love the Charlotte skyline. I get excited every time I catch an unfettered glimpse of our beautiful uptown. If you're up for an urban hike with a view of the skyscrapers peeking over the horizon, check out Stewart Creek Greenway and Irwin Creek Greenway.

Combined, these wide, paved trails (a little over 2 miles long, one way) wind through gorgeous, historic neighborhoods toward uptown with several notable stops along the way. (See trail map.)

Stewart Creek Greenway starts in the Seversville neighborhood, just off State St. Parking is available a couple blocks south at Bruns Ave., where you'll also find Seversville Neighborhood Park (with fun playground equipment and a StoryWalk book) and the Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center. Continue south through the beautiful Wesley Heights Neighborhood along a beautiful tree-lined path.

This route will take you under I-77. At the intersection after the bridge, take a left to follow Irwin Creek Greenway through Frazier Park (parking, fields and playground equipment here) and on to the greenway terminus at Ray's Splash Planet and Irwin Ave. Elementary School.

These greenways are perfect for bikes, skates, scooters, strollers and shoes. And a pretty nice skyline view.

How to get there:
Parking for the Stewart Creek Greenway is available at Bruns Ave. Elementary School, located at 501 S. Bruns Ave., Charlotte, NC, 28208; and at Ray's Splash Planet, located at 215 N. Sycamore St., Charlotte, NC, 28202. Here's a trail map if you're not familiar with the area.

Don't forget to pack:

  • Comfy shoes or your preferred riding toy (with helmets!)
  • Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses: The greenways are only partially shaded.
  • Water and snacks: You can spend several hours on the greenway and adjacent parks, so prepare to refuel as needed.
  • Here's a trail map if you're not familiar with the area.

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