But when I moved back to Charlotte after college and began long-distance cycling, I joined group rides that introduced me to the beauty and wonders of Indian Land, Weddington, Waxhaw, Wesley Chapel and Mineral Springs – all towns about 20 miles south of uptown.
But we abandoned the road bikes after we had our first kid and haven’t spent much time down that way since. Until recently, when we visited Mineral Springs Greenway.
Carolina Thread Trail, part of the Catawba Lands Conservancy.
Here's a trail map.)
There are no restrooms at the parking lot, but there is a very nice picnic area along a paved walk just beside the trailhead. Note: Bike riding is not permitted 24 hours after rain to protect the trail.
I'm pleased to have discovered a new reason to visit an old favorite part of our area. If you haven't been to Mineral Springs Greenway, consider discovering it, too!
How to get there:
Parking for the Mineral Springs Greenway is located at 6214 McNeely Rd., Waxhaw, NC, 28173.
Don't forget to pack:
- Comfortable shoes: No need for boots, unless it has rained recently and you don't want to get your good shoes muddy.
- Bike and helmet: This is a great, short beginner trail if you want to ride instead of walk.
- Water: Enough for your adventure, and consider leaving a refill in the car.
- Snacks or a picnic lunch: Take a break along the trail or at the picnic area by the parking lot.