Thursday, February 4, 2021

Hector H. Henry II Greenway - Moss Creek Village Segment

Here's a fun, flat, paved, 1.3-mile (one way) stretch of greenway for folks looking to explore the great outdoors in the Concord, NC area, about 30 minutes north of uptown.

The Moss Creek Village segment of the Hector H. Henry II Greenway, named for a long-time city council member, is part of the Carolina Thread Trail. It begins at Odell Elementary School and winds its way through peaceful wetlands, over boardwalks, and by a pond with a perfect perch for observing wildlife.

One day, this developing greenway will cover 14 miles along the banks of the Rocky River, connecting Kannapolis and Davidson to the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Harrisburg and Charlotte's University area. Already, though, this segment is a great destination for walking, running, skating, and riding bikes and scooters. There are educational signs along the route providing interesting information about the wetland ecology. You'll also find a few benches for taking a break. 

Our favorite part is the large observation deck overlooking the pond about mid-way through. There, we were greeted by geese and other birds.

For those who live north of Charlotte, or others looking to cover new territory, the Hector H. Henry II Greenway is a pleasant, family-friendly destination.

Note: There are no restroom facilities along this greenway; plan accordingly.

How to get there: The trailhead is next to the Odell Elementary School parking lot, located at 1215 Moss Farm St. North West, Concord, NC, 28027. During school days most parking is reserved for school personnel, but there are a handful of spots, marked with painted lizards, designated for greenway parking.

Don't forget to pack:
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Bikes or other riding toys and helmets
  • Water and snacks

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