McDowell Creek Greenway


Parking Address: 16815 Cranlyn Rd, Birkdale Village, 28078. MAP.

Trailhead Location: The trailhead is located at the junction of Tolland Hall Alley and Cranlyn Rd.

Additional Information: The trailhead is located in Birkdale Village and public parking is widely available. 


This 1.5-mile out-and-back trail is ideal for walking, running, and biking. The paved trail is relatively flat and is one of the many greenways maintained by Mecklenburg County. In addition to being a designated section of the Thread Trail, this segment is also a designated section of the Lake Norman Bike Route.

The trail winds through wetland habitats and an old field, providing a range of habitats for wildlife that make their homes in the surrounding area. Many species of plant inhabit the damp environment. Milkweed, a butterfly attractant, is common along the trail, providing visitors with many opportunities for visitors to view colorful butterflies in the warmer months.

Trail Manager

Visit the Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation website for more information and a printable trail map or contact

Mecklenburg County
Parks & Recreation Department
5841 Brookshire Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28216
Phone: 704-432-1570


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The McDowell Creek Greenway is a paved surface trail that provides access to Birkdale Village, Robbins Park, and the Westmoreland Athletic Complex.

Quick Facts

Trail Uses Walking / Hiking / Running
Paved Surface Biking
Place Cornelius
Difficulty Easy
Length 1.6 miles, One Way
Surface Pavement
Fees No
Pets Permitted on leash
Motorized vehicles Not Permitted
ADA Compliant Yes
Number of parking spaces 100+
Restrooms No
Hours of operation Dawn - Dusk

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