Independence Park Trail

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See and Be Seen

Bring a flashlight or headlamp and wear reflective clothing when out after dark.


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



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
Parks & Recreation Department
5841 Brookshire Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28216
Phone: 980-314-1000


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Quick Facts

Trail Uses Walking / Hiking / Running
Paved Surface Biking
Location Charlotte (NC)
Difficulty Easy
Length 0.8 miles, One Way
Surface Sidewalk
Fees No
Pets Permitted on leash
Motorized vehicles Not Permitted
ADA Compliant No
Number of parking spaces 15
Restrooms Unknown
Hours of operation Dusk to Dawn

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Wear light-colored clothing, ideally DEET-free insect repellent, or a headnet to safely keep the biting bugs at bay.

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