Friday, April 10, 2020

Torrence Creek Greenway

We are big into scooters, both people-powered and electric, in our house these days. So, finding a long, flat, smooth, paved stretch of riding space is like gold. Which is why I was glad to recently discover Torrence Creek Greenway.

This suburban trail, located in Huntersville, less than 30 minutes north of Uptown, is part of the Carolina Thread Trail. The main stretch is 1.8 miles end-to-end. But the greenway network also offers side trails to various neighborhood entrances that add another half-mile. (Here's a trail map.)

One novel feature of this greenway are large rock formations (not unlike those you can find at Big Rock Nature Preserve) at the eastern end of the greenway. These are fun for climbing, but beware that some are on private property in peoples' backyards.

Something else we enjoyed was hearing the frogs chirp in the bordering creek. Beyond these animal sounds, the greenway is remarkably quiet. And there are plenty of benches to take a break and enjoy the respite for a spell.

Mostly paved with a few boardwalks here and there, this trail is great not just for scooters, but walking, strollers and most wheeled riding toys. For folks on the north side of town, or anyone looking for a pleasant place to get outdoors and move, Torrence Creek Greenway is a very good option.

Note: There are no restroom facilities on the greenway; plan accordingly.

How to get there:
The best place to park is on the street at 13121 Bradford Hill Ln. just off of Gilead Rd. This puts you about midway through the trail. From the trailhead, if you're facing Giliad Rd. and take a left, it is 0.7 miles to the western end of the greenway. Taking a right, the eastern end of the trailhead (which takes you to the big rocks) is 0.8 miles away.

Don't forget to take:
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Riding toys and helmets
  • Water
  • Snacks or a picnic lunch
  • Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen

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