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McDowell Creek Greenway

The McDowell Creek Greenway is a 3.1-mile paved trail that provides access to Birkdale Village in Huntersville, Robbins Park, the Westmoreland Athletic Complex and Magnolia Estates Drive in Cornelius.
Trail Uses
Accessible Experience Walking / hiking / running Paved surface biking
Locations
Cornelius (NC), Huntersville (NC)
Length
3.10 miles, One Way
Difficulty
Easy
Surface
Pavement
Motorized Vehicles
Not Permitted
Fees
No
Pets
Permitted on leash
Parking Spaces
100+
Restrooms
No
Hours
Dawn - Dusk

Description

This 3.1-mile, out-and-back trail is ideal for walking, running, and cycling. The southern half of the paved trail is relatively flat. In addition to being a designated section of the Thread Trail, this segment is also a designated section of the Lake Norman Bike Route. The northern half, opened in 2021, includes a little more terrain. 

The southern half of the trail winds through wetland habitats and an old field, providing a range of habitats for wildlife that make their homes in the surrounding area. Many species of plant inhabit the damp environment. Milkweed, a butterfly attractant, is common along the trail, providing visitors with many opportunities to view colorful butterflies in the warmer months. The northern half is primarily woodlands.

Trail Manager

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

Mecklenburg County
5841 Brookshire Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28216
980-314-1000
Park-Admin@mecklenburgcountync.gov
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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: 16815 Cranlyn Rd, Birkdale Village, Huntersville 28078. MAP.

Trailhead Location: near Birkdale Village MAP

Trailhead Location: near Westmoreland Athletic Complex MAP

On-street parking along Magnolia Estates Drive in Cornelius, near the trailhead.

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December 06, 2021
Hi Lisette,

THank you for noting this for other users! We are working to get that new section up on the map as soon as possible.
-Jennifer
lisettereynolds
November 30, 2021
There is a new section to this trail in the green area between Rosalyn Glen Drive and Magnolia Estates which is not on this map
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