Thursday, May 14, 2020

Little Sugar Creek Greenway: Cordelia Park to 12th Street

Lately, we've been visiting the Little Sugar Creek Greenway segment that runs from Cordelia Park to 12th St., just east of uptown, multiple afternoons a week after we finish "school." It's a very nice greenway, winding through urban residential areas, tucked magically in green space I didn't even realize existed. It's also close to us and easy to get to.

This 1.3-mile paved stretch (part of the Carolina Thread Trail) is perfect for bikes, scooters and walking the dog, which is how we most often experience it.

The greenway is accessible from either end of the segment or from neighborhood entrances along it. We like to park in spaces on 10th St. just before or after the intersection with Siegle Ave. Another nearby option is the Alexander Street Park parking lot off of Alexander St. at 12th St.

At the other end of this segment, there's on-street parking on 24th at North Davidson St., or in the Cordelia Park parking lot.

No matter where you start, you'll find this trail to be pleasantly quiet and partially shaded with a couple of beautiful views of the uptown skyline.

Along the route there are a handful of pedestrian bridges and a community garden. At the NoDa end, you'll find a playground, playing field, outdoor swimming pool and sprayground, and basketball courts at Cordelia Park. At the uptown end, you'll find a playground, tennis courts, and playing fields at Alexander Street Park.

See a the greenway map.

Also be sure to pay attention to wildlife in the creek the greenway runs along. Note that flooding sometimes occurs at the Parkwood Ave. underpass. Use the alternate overpass route after a heavy rain. 

During normal hours of operations, restrooms are available at Cordelia Park and Alexander Street Park.

For a quick, easy and enjoyable walk, stroll or bike ride, I highly recommend this segment of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway.

How to get there:
Parking is available near the uptown end of this greenway segment on 10th street before or after Siegle Ave. or at the Alexander Street Park located at 739 East 12th Street.

At the NoDa end of this greenway segment, parking is available on 24th St. at North Davidson St. or at the Cordelia Park parking lot at 600 E. 24th St.

Don't forget to pack: 
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Bikes, strollers or skates and helmets
  • Water and snacks
  • Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen 

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