The Queen City in North Carolina is a great place to live if you love getting out of doors to exercise and explore nature. One way to enjoy fresh air and keep fit is visiting the many running trails Charlotte NC has to offer. Here’s a round-up of our favorites.
Those who are willing to sweat can enjoy runs in Charlotte NC pretty much year round. Running trails in Charlotte NC (ahem) run the gamut. You can pound the pavement, take a jog on a dedicated path along a creek or Greenway, or go a little bit more hard core with a trail run through forests of trees.
Just as runners are devoted to their own choice in shoes, you’ll find different runners have their own particular running paths in Charlotte NC. The good news is that there are many running routes Charlotte NC gives you to choose from.
Charlotte is a fast-growing city, but it’s continuing to work to preserve its tree canopy and natural areas. That means there are many miles of Greenway path for runners to explore. Plans are still in the works to connect them all, but in the meantime, you might check out:
Other popular running trails Charlotte offers include the Rail Trail, also known at the Trolley Trail, which stretches from South End to Uptown. You’ll pass breweries, restaurants, galleries, and more on this paved 3.5-mile path.
The Booty Loop through Myers Park is a beautiful run through a historic Charlotte neighborhood. It’s best known as a hub for bicyclists, but this 3-mile loop under majestic old-growth oak trees and past mansion-like homes is a lovely, mostly shaded run.
There is also a lot of trail running North Carolina has to offer. In the Charlotte area, the top choice is at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. There are over 20 miles of woodland trails extending along the Catawba River for runners to explore.
Those closer to the Fort Mill, SC end of town will more likely want to do trail running at Anne Close Springs (ASC) Greenway or the McDowell Nature Preserve. The ASC Greenway features 2,300 acres of hardwood forests, prairies, creeks, streams, lakes, and ponds. McDowell is the oldest preserve in Charlotte’s Mecklenburg County with forested, rolling terrain around Lake Wylie.
Charlotte running can also mean participating in one of the many organized events held throughout the year. You can find 5k, 8k, 10k, half/ full marathons, ultras and road/trail fun or competitive runs. Popular events on a Charlotte runner’s calendar include:
Whatever your distance or type of surface you like to run, you’re going to be able to find Charlotte running routes that suit your needs.