Little Sugar Creek Greenway

North Carolina

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Little Sugar Creek Greenway Facts

States: North Carolina
Counties: Mecklenburg
Length: 11.78 miles
Trail end points: Cordelia Park and Interstate-485
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7464418

Little Sugar Creek Greenway Description

The Little Sugar Creek Greenway, part of the Carolina Thread Trail, runs along eastern Charlotte and will one day stretch more than 15 miles down to the Catawba River in neighboring South Carolina. The trail is a beautiful urban gem, connecting several parks, schools, recreational facilities, shopping and dining areas, gardens, and public art pieces.

As of 2022, the trail offers six completed sections: Cordelia Park to 12th Street (0.95 miles); E. 7th Street to Morehead Street (1.29 miles); Morehead Street to Brandywine Road (2.88 miles); Tyvola Road to Huntingtowne Farms Park (2.37 miles); Huntingtowne Farms Park to I-485 (2.39 miles); I-485 to James K. Polk Memorial Site (1.9 miles). 

Parking and Trail Access

Parking locations for each section of the trail can be found on the Mecklenburg County website.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway Reviews

Recreational gem connecting Charlotte and the city's southern suburbs

We found the Little Sugar Creek Greenway to be a smooth, well-maintained paved pathway connecting numerous parks. We had a great experience on this trail! There is something for everyone; the northern urban section is fun and vibrant with shops and restaurants nearby, while the southern portion offers a tranquil wooded route, where we saw six deer!

Great for jogging

I am a jogger, I run this trail often in the South Charlotte area. The portion from Marsh Park to Tyvola is well paved, in good condition, and is maintained well. Water fountains are well placed. After a rain, it doesn't get muddy or very wet like Four Mile Creek. People very friendly on the trail. Can get crowded on Saturday mornings with all the running clubs, races, etc. Only issue is the speeding bikers, sometimes they call out, sometimes they don't.

Awesome Trail

We started at Cornelia Park and went all the way to Polk Historical site and many miles beyond that. The trail keeps going! We did 36.4 miles. Going through town was a bit confusing, signage is small and lacking in many places. Awesome smooth path, a great mix of buildings, parks and nature!

Great ride esp on weekday mornings

We love this ride.


Map Needs To Be Updated

This wonderful trail now begins at the Andrew Polk State Historic Site.

Absolutely great overall

Smooth as heck. Excellent scenery. Decent mix of trees and open space. Some slight hills, good mix of winding roads and straight away. Everyone will enjoy. Easy to navigate as posts state which turns are exits! NC best!


Was not a fan of this trail. If your not from the Charlotte area it’s confusing. I found it hard to figure out where all the different sections connect. I left let down.

Love this trail! Beautiful and well lit definitely will be back! Highly recommend!

Love this trail! Beautiful and well lit definitely will be back! Highly recommend!

Great ride! The part through the park is under construction. Will definitely be back!

Great ride! The part through the park is under construction. Will definitely be back!

nice ride

A nice ride through the city connecting several parks. Fairly flat with several turns and some great scenery. Only complaint is the northern part of the trail has a lot of street crossings and can be a little confusing to navigate back on the trail. Will definitely ride again though.

Amazing Trail Spanning the Length of South Charlotte

A great trail connecting some of the Southern-most parts of the city all the way up to North of Uptown - with just a few missing links that are currently in progress. When fully completely this will be an even bigger asset to every person in CLT. So many beautiful spots along the way, especially near Park Road Park and just North or Park Road Shopping Center.

Great ride along Sugar Creek. Lots of historical markers explaining construction of the restoration of Sugar Creek through downtown Charlotte.

Great ride along Sugar Creek. Lots of historical markers explaining construction of the restoration of Sugar Creek through downtown Charlotte.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

Nice walk following Little Sugar Creek into the city and out. The trail is concert and it does cross over several roads. The walk or bike is very level and very nice to see some wild life such as a bonny have a pleasant time eating some grass.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

My wife and I have walked the 7th St. to Freedom Park portion of this Greenway many times (alone or with our dogs) and we love it. The scenery is great. Lots of walkers, bikers and runners on nice days. The Metropolitan is right on the route and has stores and restaurants. Alternates between sunny and shady, plenty of places to rest on benches or on the grass. Public restroom is available between The Metropolitan and Morehead St., and are clean and well maintained. We have also walked the 12th St. to Cordelia Park section of this Greenway and it is a hidden gem. Not nearly as busy as the section I reviewed above, and as such I wouldn't recommend for a woman walking or running solo. Nonetheless, we've never felt at all unsafe and it is a very pretty walk.

Great Run

Scenic, relatively flat, lots of changes of scenery.

OK for inlines if you can go slow on declines

Overall, it's fairly skatable, but there are some declines around blind curves into the tunnels under bridges, so you have to be comfortable letting down slowly into that until you can see whether someone is coming from the other direction.

Lots of joggers and some cyclists occasionally taking up the whole path, so you can't count on having passing room or an open "lane". No place for speed, but plenty of opportunity for practicing low and slow.

wonderful ride!

My husband and I hit this greenway this morning early...about 7 am (we knew it would hit 99 degrees today). We loved every single thing about this trail. It reminded us so much of our beloved Minnehaha Parkway near our old home in South Minneapolis. But this route has so many cool features to explore.

Sugar Creek Greenway

This is a gem, and as it grows it becomes a better gem! I've seen it being developed, which brought excitement to my entire family! We've used it for biking, running, and strollering! It is a great way to connect different areas of Charlotte, can't wait to see it grow some more. Get out and ride!

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