Thursday, March 21, 2019

Little Sugar Creek Greenway South

Good news, fellow Charlotteans! Did you know you can now take the Little Sugar Creek Greenway all the way from Tyvola Rd. to I-485? The city and county have been quietly chipping away at this stretch for the past several years.

While the last, southern-most leg is nearing official completion, the trail has been cleared and is now accessible, either paved or graveled.

This means you can park at the shiny new parking lot on Tyvola Rd (directly across the street from the Queens University Sports Complex) and walk, jog, stroll or roll your way, traffic-free approximately six miles south along the banks of the newly and beautifully restored creek.

This trek will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Charlotte water treatment plant campus, past Park Road Park, under Archdale Dr., over massive bridges, behind residential neighborhoods, under Sharon Rd. West, and by lots of native wildlife. Along the way, there are benches to pause for a break or a snack.

Eventually, this section of the greenway will join with others to form the 30-mile Cross Charlotte Trail, which will connect Cabarrus County to the South Carolina State line. I'm looking forward to that.

More immediately, I'll be thrilled when you can get from Park Road Shopping Center safely to Tyvola. It's coming!

With the pleasant weather and bonus daylight hours, we find a greenway outing to be a perfect way to get some fresh air after dinner and on weekends when we can't get farther out of town. Consider checking out this section next time you want to stretch your legs.

Note: There are no restrooms along the greenway, so plan accordingly.
How to get there:
A large greenway parking area is located across from the Queens University Sports Complex, which is at 2229 Tyvola Rd. 28210. There's a newly installed stoplight at the intersection. You can also park approximately two miles south of Tyvola Rd. at the Huntingtowne Farms Park parking lot, located at 2203 Huntingtowne Farms Lane Charlotte, NC 28210.
Don't forget to pack:
  • Water: There are no restroom facilities on the greenway, so pack accordingly
  • Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen: There's very little shade on many sections of the greenway.
  • Comfortable shoes: The trail is flat and paved, with some remaining gravel sections.
  • Bikes, scooters and helmets: This is a perfect place to ride, traffic-free. 

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