Best Greenways for Families in Charlotte

Charlotte's five best paths for strolling, biking or scooting with the family.
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Little Sugar Creek Greenway has views of Charlotte's skyline along its 2.88-mile path.

John Fillette, a staff member at Run for Your Life and a native Charlottean, has enjoyed running since high school, "I am impressed with the number of greenways that have been added through the years in Charlotte and the surrounding areas."

Here are Fillette’s picks for the best paths for jogging, strolling, biking or scooting with the family.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

Enjoy an easy paved 2.88-mile path in Center City with views of Charlotte’s skyline along the way.

Access points:
Metropolitan: 1116 Metropolitan Ave. or 1421 E. Morehead Street
Freedom Park, 1910 Freedom Park Service Road
North side of Westfield Road between Tranquil Avenue and Brandywine Road (on street parking)

Four Mile Creek/Lower McAlpine/McMullen Creek Greenways

This greenway system in south Charlotte forms 5.8 miles of paved, gravel and boardwalk trails.

Access points:
Four Mile Creek Greenway, 5803 Bevington Place
Lower McAlpine Greenway, 11823 Johnston Road
McMullen Creek Greenway, 8135 Pineville-Matthews Road Charlotte, NC 28226

Torrence Creek Greenway

Located in Huntersville, this trail is paved and 1.5 miles long.

Access point:
Bradford Hill Lane, Huntersville.

McDowell Creek Greenway

Located in Cornelius, between Westmoreland Road and Sam Furr Road, this is a 1.5-mile paved path is surrounded by old fields and meadows.

Access points:
16830 Cranlyn Road, Huntersville
8925 Townley Road, Huntersville

Jetton Park Loop

A paved 1.5 mile loop through this 104-acre lakeview park with crosswalks for safe and easy crossing. There is a $3 fee per car on weekends to enter park.

Access point:
Jetton Park, 19000 Jetton Road, Cornelius

Vanessa Infanzon is a freelance writer from Charlotte. When she is not chasing three boys or training for her second half marathon, she writes at