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Little Sugar Creek Watershed

Stream Restoration, Water Quality Enhancement & Greenway Trail

It’s the best-known creek in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. And nine sections of Little Sugar Creek have been restored by Storm Water Services. Three more sections are scheduled for restoration by 2020.
Little Sugar Creek starts near Hidden Valley in northeast Charlotte. As it flows to Pineville, the creek passes through both industrial areas and peaceful neighborhoods. It skirts Charlotte’s skyscrapers. The creek vanishes briefly under busy freeways but is the focal point along a beautiful greenway​
Storm Water Services is restoring sections of Little Sugar Creek to improve the water quality. The restoration includes:
  • uncapping covered sections of the creek
  • removing some flood-prone buildings
  • reshaping the path and banks of the stream
  • restoring natural beauty and openness
  • reducing pollution levels
  • reducing erosion
  • creating habitat for aquatic life.
 Little Sugar Creek with Charlotte Skyline

See stream photos before, during and after Storm Water Services' work from 7th to Morehead Streets.

 See a larger version of this map​
Video featuring 2012 opening of 7th Street to Elizabeth section

Little Sugar Creek Stream Restoration Projects
Hidden Valley completed 2004
Cullman Avenue (NoDa) completed 2012
7th Street to Elizabeth Avenue (CPCC) completed 2011
Elizabeth Avenue to Charlottetowne Avenue (Elizabeth) completed 2011
Charlottetowne Avenue to Pearl Park Way (Midtown) completed 2009
Pearl Park Way to Morehead Street (along Kings Drive) completed 2009
Liz Hair Nature Walk (near Carolinas Medical Center) completed 2005
Freedom Park completed 2003
Westfield Road (behind Park Road Shopping Center) completed 2004
Tyvola to 485
485 to Polk
Polk to State Line

Restoring Little Sugar Creek will not prevent it from flooding. Storm Water Services repairs erosion damage to stream banks, protects against future erosion, restores the natural function of the floodplain, and improves the health, flow and ecosystem of the creek.

Brochure about Little Sugar Creek restoration and greenway


 Mallards in Little Sugar Creek at Hidden Valley


   Little Sugar Creek along Westfield Road


 Little Sugar Creek and bridge at Midtown

Mallards in Little Sugar
Creek at Hidden Valley

 Restored stream along Westfield Road

 Little Sugar Creek at Midtown