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Long Creek Preserve Trail

The Long Creek Trail is a natural surface trail. The trail connects to the existing network of trails at the US National Whitewater Center (USNWC) in Charlotte, NC.  
Trail Uses
Walking / hiking / running Mountain biking
Location
Charlotte (NC)
Length
2.1 miles, One Way
Difficulty
Moderate
Surface
Natural surface
Motorized Vehicles
Not Permitted
Fees
Cars-$6 Oversized Vehicles-$18 Annual Parking Pass-$50
Pets
Permitted on leash
Parking Spaces
50
Restrooms
Yes
Hours
Dawn - Dusk (weather permitting) Check www.usnwc.org for trail closures due to weather.

Description

The Long Creek trail is an out-and-back trail with a distance of 2.1 miles. This natural surface trail is great for hiking and mountain biking. 

The trail can only be accessed via the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) Figure 8 Trail and Tortuga. Be aware that the USNWC trails permit only one-way traffic so this trail connects to Needle and Academy Loop to provide options to return to the beginning of the trail. View the USNWC's trail map

This segment of the Carolina Thread Trail is adjacent to the USNWC. The 16-acre Long Creek Bluff owned and preserved by the Catawba Lands Conservancy supports one of Mecklenburg County’s most significant Natural Heritage Sites, with mature forests, steep slopes, and a diversity of plant species and habitats.  Donated by Clariant Corporation, it represents the Conservancy’s first corporate conservation project. The USNWC is the training center for many US Olympic paddlers, and is the first fully artificial whitewater course. Visitors to the USNWC will find that the center is a great place for hiking, biking, white water rafting or kayaking, climbing, and much more

Other Information

You will be required to pay a $6.00 parking fee unless you have an annual pass which costs $50.00.

An Imprint is an Impact. Please protect the trails. Don’t ride if the ground is muddy and be mindful when you hike in wet conditions.

Trail Manager

Visit the Catawba Lands Conservancy's website for more information or contact:

Catawba Lands Conservancy
Sharon Wilson-Land Stewardship Director
4530 Park Road, Suite 420
Charlotte, NC 28209
704-342-3330 x209
sharon@catawbalands.org
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Trail Tips

Ride Safe
When biking, wear a helmet and use a bell to signal your approach to other trail users. Consider bringing a spare tube and pump so that you can fix a flat tire and offer help to other cyclists in need. When riding on roads, bike in the same direction as traffic.
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Trailhead Information

Parking Address: 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28214. MAP

Trailhead Location: USNWC North Main & Figure 8 Trailhead MAP

This trail can only be accessed via the USNWC existing trail system and parking area.

If 5000 Whitewater Parkway does not appear on your GPS or mobile device, please use this address instead:1825 Belmeade Drive, Charlotte, NC 28214. MAP. 

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