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Charlotte's original Greenway Park, McAlpine Creek Greenway, built in 1978, was the first public greenway trail ever acquired and built in the western piedmont of North Carolina.
Upper McAlpine Creek Greenway Campbell Creek Greenway
Campbell Creek Greenway runs along a headwater tributary to McAlpine Creek between Margaret Wallace Road and Harris Boulevard. Parking is available off of Margaret Wallace or at the McAlpine Creek Greenway headquarters off of Monroe Road. If you think of it, look for the remains of abandoned turn-of-the century Lucas family grist mill midway along the trail!
Take Hwy. 74 East (Independence Boulevard)
Turn Right on Village Lake Drive
Follow Village Lake Drive to Monroe Road
Turn Left onto Monroe Road
Follow Monroe Road to McAlpine Creek District Park on Left
Access to McAlpine Creek Greenway is available through two trails at either end of the main soccer field
Take Hwy. 74 East (Independence Blvd.)
Turn Left on Margaret Wallace Rd.
Follow Margaret Wallace approx. 300 yards, entrance to Campbell Creek Greenway will be on the Right across the street from a fire station.
Parking is available on a gravel lot.
Campbell Creek Greenway:
2116 Margaret Wallace Road Charlotte, NC 28105 (gravel lot across from Fire Station)
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McAlpine Creek Greenway:
300 Boyce Road Charlotte, NC 28211 (James Boyce Park)
8711 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28212 (McAlpine Creek Park)
7645 Sardis Road Charlotte, NC 28270
110 Old Bell Road Charlotte, NC 28270
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Paved and Gravel Greenway = 4.08 Miles
Cottonwood Nature Trail = 1.5 Miles
McAlpine Creek Cross County Course = 5K or 3.1 Miles
CATS Bus (Confirm route, schedule, and stop before beginning trip):
Independence Square East Shopping Center
Greylyn Business Park
Charlotte Christian School
James Boyce Park
McAlpine Creek District Park
Campbell Creek Greenway was the last documented location for Queen snakes in Mecklenburg County in the early 1990's. This snake species requires clean, clear, rocky stream habitats to survive. Recent survey attempts to find Queen snakes have proved unsuccessful. Keep your eyes open and help us relocate the Queen snake in the Queen City.
Though surrounded by urban development, McAlpine Creek Greenway is the only greenway where you can see river otter, beaver, and mink all in one general area. Also protected at this greenway is Mecklenburg County's only population of a native Larkspur (Delphinium tricorne), a very rare, purple, showy, spring ephemeral wildflower.
188 species of birds have been documented along McAlpine Creek Greenway, the second highest site total in Mecklenburg County.
For Further Information:
Contact Greenway Planner Gwen Cook at 704-432-1570 or by email at Gwen.Cook@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov