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Independence Park Trail

The Independence Park Trail is a pocket of nature and area of recreation in the middle of Downtown Charlotte. 
Trail Uses
Walking / hiking / running Paved surface biking
Location
Charlotte (NC)
Length
0.8 miles, One Way
Difficulty
Easy
Surface
Sidewalk, Pavement
Motorized Vehicles
Not Permitted
Fees
No
Pets
Permitted on leash
Parking Spaces
15
Restrooms
Unknown
Hours
Dusk to Dawn

Description

The Independence Park Trail winds through Independence Park which "was created in 1924 at the urging of Charlotte industrialist Daniel Augustus Tompkins, founder of the Charlotte Observer, and is the oldest public park in Charlotte.

Independence Park is split into two sections by Hawthorne Lane. Both sections lie below street level which gives the park a secluded and tranquil atmosphere, despite the fact that the site commands excellent views of the Charlotte skyline. The lower park contains a winding path, a rose garden, large, leafy trees, a reflecting pond, and a gazebo. The upper park contains more trails, a playground, several athletic fields, and the 300 seat Independence Park Stadium." Wikipedia.

The sidewalk portion connects the park to King's College, CPCC, and various Greenways. An entire day can be spent on the Carolina Thread Trail enjoying all that downtown Charlotte has to offers.

Other Information

View the Independence Park MAP for a more detailed information.

Trail Manager

Visit Mecklenburg County for more information.

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

Parking Address and Trail Location:1881 Park Dr, Charlotte, NC 28204 MAP

Additional Parking: Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School, 1601 Park Dr, Charlotte, NC 28204 MAP

 

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