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Little Sugar Creek Greenway: I-485 to Polk Memorial State Historic Site

This 1.8-mile paved trail along Little Sugar Creek, south of I-485, provides scenic connectivity to three regional shopping centers. The route features wildflowers, creek views, a sculpture, and a wetland observation deck.
Trail Uses
Accessible Experience Walking / hiking / running Paved surface biking
Charlotte (NC)
1.80 miles, One Way
Motorized Vehicles
Not Permitted
Permitted on leash


This section of Little Sugar Creek Greenway is approximately 1.8 miles in length, stretching through Pineville, between I-485 and the Historic James K. Polk Historic site. The wide, asphalt trail follows the creek through a corridor that is flat and surprisingly peaceful for its location behind major shopping centers. Connectors allow users to access shops and restaurants at Carolina Pavilion, The Centrum, and Carolina Place Mall. The trail itself is buffered by grass shoulders, tall trees, and wildflowers. A boardwalk curves through a beautiful wetland to reach an observation deck. Turtles and herons may be spotted along the creek. In addition to the Polk site, an art piece called STEM, developed by John Grade of Seattle, WA is another cultural attraction on the route. This trail is part of the Mecklenburg County greenway system in addition to being a segment in the Carolina Thread Trail regional network.

**Please note that the southern terminus of Little Sugar Creek Greenway at the NC-SC state line does not have public parking. If you are planning a trip to that location, the nearest trailheads are at Pineville Lake Park and James K. Polk Historic Site.

Other Information

Greenways in Mecklenburg County operate 24/7, as they are transportation components of a larger network. The trail is 12 feet wide and paved. All access complies with ADA Recreational Trails. Wayfinding on the site specifies the rules and regulations. Mile markers are part of the signage. There is no lighting on the trail.

Trail Manager

Mecklenburg County
5841 Brookshire Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28216
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Trailhead Information

Parking address:

9541 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28273 (Carolina Pavilion), MAP

       Trailhead location: At the southwest end of the shopping center parking lot. MAP

12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville, NC 28134 (James K Polk Historic Site), MAP

      Trailhead location: MAP

Other trailhead locations: Leitner Drive, MAP

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