Mary Carter Greenway (Arapahoe Greenway)

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The Mary Carter Greenway (a.k.a. Arapahoe Greenway) runs for 8 miles along the South Platte River from Chatfield State Park near Columbine north to Englewood. Here it meets up with the Platte River Trail at W. Dartmouth Avenue. It also features whitewater boating facilities along the South Platte River.

Adjacent to the trail is a crushed stone path for pedestrians and wheelchair users; cyclists are not permitted on this path and must keep to the paved trail. Also, because the trail is heavily used, cyclists must obey speed limits of 15 mph or slower or risk being ticketed. Traffic calming roundabouts have also been added.

Along the way you'll find rest areas, interpretive sites and landscaping that has won numerous national awards, including the American Planning Association's Doing More with Less award, for its rehabilitation of the once neglected corridor.

The trail is named for Mary Carter who led the South Suburban Park Foundation in the 1980s.

Parking and Trail Access

Limited parking is available where the trail crosses W. Oxford Avenue, near the ballfields at Centennial Park off W. Union Avenue, at the end of W. Carson Drive west of where it intersects with S. Platte Parkway and at the southern terminus by Black Rock Lake off Viable Road.



   August, 2015 by ajw

This trail is the southern end of the Platte River trail, and follows the river through the southern Denver suburbs. The northern end, from Dartmouth to the Big Dry Creek trail junction goes past mostly industrial scenery. The southern end is wide open. more

MCG-Nice, easy, down the river and back

   November, 2012 by kamkazam

A friend and I rode this nice short stretch following alongside the S Platte out and back today (staring from the south end). Just a bit over 16 miles round trip. Really a great, easy, leisurely ride both ways, with lots of aquatic wildlife to view on more

Mary Carter Greenway

   November, 2012 by CCB

I ride this trail 2-3 times a week for exercise. It is a wonderful ride with many places to stop for lunch or just rest. This fall I have really noticed a change to the air quality along the trail. The perfume used in the waste treatment plants can over more