McDowell Creek Greenway

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The McDowell Creek Greenway is a paved trail that provides access to Birkdale Village in Huntersville, Robbins Park, the Westmoreland Athletic Complex and Magnolia Estates Drive in Cornelius.
Trail Uses
Accessible Experience Walking / hiking / running Paved surface biking
Locations
Cornelius (NC), Huntersville (NC)
Length
3.1 miles, One Way
Difficulty
Easy
Motorized Vehicles
Not Permitted
Fees
No
Pets
Permitted on leash
Parking Spaces
100+
Restrooms
No
Hours
Dawn - Dusk

Description

This 3.1-mile, out-and-back trail is ideal for walking, running, and biking. The southern half of 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 northern half, opened in 2021, contains a little more terrain.

The southern half of 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 to view colorful butterflies in the warmer months. The northern half is primarily woodlands.

Trail Manager

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

Mecklenburg County
Gwen Cook
5841 Brookshire Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28216
980-314-1000
Park-Admin@mecklenburgcountync.gov
View website

Trail Tips

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Trailhead Information

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

Trailhead Location: near Birkdale Village MAP

Trailhead Location: near Westmoreland Athletic Complex MAP

On-street parking along Magnolia Estates Drive in Cornelius, near the trailhead.

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