Lower McAlpine Creek Greenway, McMullen Creek Greenway & Four Mile Creek Greenway

This section of trail extends along the creek and connects the Lower McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek and Four Mile Creek greenways. In its entirety, the network extends 5.8 miles (2.3 miles of which are designated as part of the Thread Trail) and is comprised of paved trail, boardwalk, and sidewalk. There are two parking lots that provide access to the network.
Trail Uses
Accessible Experience Walking / hiking / running Paved surface biking
Charlotte (NC)
2.3 miles, One Way
Boardwalk, Sidewalk, Pavement
Motorized Vehicles
Not Permitted
Permitted on leash
Parking Spaces
Dawn - Dusk


This paved 2.3-mile segment of the Carolina Thread Trail follows a southern route along Lower McAlpine Creek and underneath I-485 to Vista Gard Court before swinging back north along the McMullen Creek Greenway. From the Johnston Road trailhead, the greenway also runs east along Four Mile Creek. This network provides an excellent play to walk, run, and bike.

These greenways run through a unique floodplain and wetland habitat. The first documented Great Blue Heron rookery in Mecklenburg County was found nestled among the trees that now line the trail. The area also provides shelter to many other birds--including two colorful migratory species, the American Redstart and the Scarlet Tanager.

Trail Manager

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

Mecklenburg County
Gwen Cook
5841 Brookshire Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28216
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Road Walk Wisdom
Always walk facing the direction of oncoming traffic and wear bright clothing. Pay attention to oncoming traffic, and be prepared to give the right of way if necessary.
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Trailhead Information

Parking Address:  11823 Johnston Road, Charlotte, NC 28226. MAP

Trailhead Location: MAP

Additional Parking: There is a second parking lot located at 404 Vista Grande Circle, Charlotte, NC 28226. MAP

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