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The Ruth G. Shaw Trail on Toby Creek Greenway                                                

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This greenway extends from Mallard Creek Greenway to University City Boulevard (NC Hwy 49), completing an important connection to and through the UNC Charlotte campus. Appropriately named for a strong community leader, Ruth G. Shaw has contributed to our community, particularly through her leadership in the Carolina Thread Trail and as Director of the Board of Trustees for UNC Charlotte. This trail honors Dr. Shaw's as a respected civic and business leader, she has made her mark in higher education, environment, energy and economic development. This trail recognizes Ruth G. Shaw's life-long commitment


Ruth G. Shaw 

to service and learning. 

This greenway extends from Mallard Creek Greenway to University City Boulevard (NC Hwy 49), completing an important connection to and through the UNC Charlotte campus.
The addition of Toby Creek Greenway to the Clarks-Mallard Greenway system provides a total of 9 miles of greenway connectivity.  A greenway connector trail has also been provided from Toby Creek Greenway to North Tryon Street through the campus woods of the Preserve.  This connector allows greenway users to reach additional retail and dining opportunities.  Active transportation commuters can be seen continuously biking and walking their way across campus.

This greenway crosses UNC Charlotte campus and connects to Mallard Creek Greenway.

-I-85 to Exit 45 (WT Harris Blvd)
-Take WT Harris West to Mallard Creek Rd
-Turn Right on Mallard Creek Rd
-Follow Mallard Creek Rd until you see Mallard Creek Elementary School on Left. Parking allowed at the school in lots closest to street

210 East Mallard Creek Church Road Charlotte, NC 28262 (Kirk Farm Fields)
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Length: 1.60 miles

Nearby Amenities:
UNC Charlotte Campus

Nature Facts:
The greenway winds through a floodplain forest, under a canopy of mature Sugarberry, Box Elder, Tulip Poplar and Sycamore trees.  Many species of butterflies can be observed here including azures, mourning cloaks, question marks, tiger swallowtails, and zebra swallowtails.  Watch for groups of tiger swallowtails “puddling” together in wet spots and zebra swallowtails in the occasional patches of papaw, the “host plant” they require to lay their eggs.   Squirrels are abundant and raccoon can be found on the edge of the creek in the mud and sand.  Quiet observers will possibly catch a glimpse of coyotes as they make their way along the forested corridor in the early mornings and evenings.

Toby Creek Greenway – Phase 2 Proposed Features:
Proposed Paved Greenway = 1 mile

This project is a partnership with NCDOT, City of Charlotte and the Carolina Thread Trail


Toby Creek Greenway – Phase 2 will extend the existing Toby Creek Greenway that runs through UNCC Campus by another mile. This new section of greenway will parallel University City Blvd under Harris Blvd as an overland connector. The greenway will then traverse under Chancellor Park Drive and along Toby Creek through a variety of vegetated areas, wildlife, steep terrain and rock formations at the creek banks. The South Newell Neighborhood Improvements Project will provide a wide sidewalk to serve as a multi-use trail connector to Autumnwood Lane.

This greenway extension project will provide pedestrian and bicycle connectivity for the adjacent residential communities to Towne Centre Plaza, UNCC, University Place and the Mallard Creek Greenway. Public parking will be available at Kirk Farm Fields on Mallard Creek Church Road part of the Mallard Creek Greenway for access to this new portion of greenway.

For more information: please contact Gwen Cook, Greenway Planner 980-314-1036 or email us at


Office Location:

Mecklenburg County
Park and Recreation
5841 Brookshire Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28216


Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Park Planning