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Lower McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek, and Four Mile Creek Greenways

Greenway Closures

NCDOT will close the trail under the I 485 bridge on both Lower McAlpine and McMullen Creek greenways for construction work.

Lower McAlpine Creek Greenway
Lower McAlpine Creek Greenway will be closed:
May 2013 - June 2014

McMullen Creek Greenway
McMullen Creek Greenway will be closed: 
May 2013 - December 2013 
April 2014 - July 2014

The greenway trail will be reopened between dates shown. Dates may be subject to change.

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             McMullen Creek Greenway                 Lower McAlpine Creek Greenway

Description:
This horseshoe shaped greenway runs 5.8 miles through south Charlotte and passes under Interstate 485.  The trail is composed of a variety of surface types including asphalt, gravel, and boardwalk. 

Location: This greenway system is located in south Charlotte - between Rea Road and Pineville- Matthews Road (NC Highway 51).

Parking:
Four Mile Creek Greenway:
5803 Bevington Place Charlotte, NC 28277  
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Lower McAlpine Greenway:
11823 Johnston Road Charlotte, NC 28226
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McMullen Creek Greenway:
8135 Pineville-Matthews Road Charlotte, NC 28226
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Length:
Paved, Gravel, and Boardwalk Greenway = 5.8 Miles

Alternative Transportation:
CATS Bus (Confirm route, schedule, and stop before beginning trip):
Route 43
Route 45X
CATS

Nearby Amenities:
The Shops at Piper Glen

Nature Facts:
Nestled in the treetops, you’ll find the County park system’s first documented Great Blue Heron rookery.  This once rare species is increasing its numbers and has now been taken off the state wildlife watch list.  Another “first” found at Lower McAlpine Creek Greenway is Mecklenburg County’s first sighting of a Southern Skipperling butterfly.  This fast flier is a tiny, bright orange butterfly more commonly found in the coastal plain.

Two species of bright red and black birds can be seen migrating along the creek corridor each spring and fall.  The American Redstart, a species of warbler, and the Scarlet Tanager, a robin-sized bird, spend the winter in South America then migrate back north where they nest, raise young, and sing melodious songs during the summer.  These long distance migrants brighten the deep green foliage of our forest with their striking colors.  Pileated woodpeckers can also be heard here – just listen for a jackhammer like sound!

 

The newly developed Four Mile Creek Greenway section features significant boardwalk through scenic wetlands with abundant wildlife. 

For Further Information:
Contact Greenway Planner Gwen Cook at 704-432-1570 or by email at Gwen.Cook@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

 



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