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Take a trip down memory lane by strolling or cycling the Charlotte Rail Trail, which follows a historic trolley route through the heart of the city along a corridor now used by Charlotte's LYNX Blue Line light rail system.
As the trail traverses the city streets from Uptown, it passes the popular ImaginOn children's learning center and the home of the Charlotte Hornets before leading directly through the Charlotte Convention Center. If the center is closed, or you're biking the route, you must go around the block (right on East 2nd, left on South College, left on East Stonewall), then either climb the stairs or take the elevator in a parking garage across the street to rejoin the trail.
The South End hosts both the Charlotte Trolley barn and museum at Atherton Mill, as well as the popular South End Gallery Crawl, held the first Friday of each month and during which trailside art galleries open their doors for browsing, music and hors d'oeuvres.
The entire route is fairly well marked, and trash receptacles, benches, bike stands, and streetlights line the way. And once you've walked the trail in one direction, you can catch the trolley back.
In downtown Charlotte, the trolley line runs south from E. 9th Street, between College and Brevard, to Clanton Road in the South End. Parking lots line the route. If you choose the lot at 9th Street, park toward the back and not in the spaces reserved for the fire department.
Trail access is also easily provided from any of the eight adjacent Blue Line light rail stations.
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