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Existing Greenways

The Mecklenburg County greenway system is quickly becoming one of the finest in the nation. Greenways are linear parks that connect people and places. Greenways are vegetated natural buffers that promote water quality, help reduce the impacts of flooding, and provide wildlife habitat. Greenway trails provide recreation, transportation, fitness, and economic benefits for all to enjoy. There are currently 49 miles of developed greenway trails in Mecklenburg County, with more being built every year.       

Neighborhood Benefits

  • Connect and link people to adjacent neighborhoods, landmarks and activities
  • Pedestrian-oriented accessibility
  • Increase in property values and residential safety


Recreational Benefits

  • Provides for hiking, strolling, biking and other community-wide recreational activities
  • Close-to-home and work access to greater proportions of the population
  • Promote Charlotte Mecklenburg as an active health-conscious community


Transportation Benefits

  • Offer convenient, safer and accessible opportunities for active transportation
  • Non-motorized users
  • Connect to important destinations


Community Benefits

  • Improve overall quality of life
  • Improve health and fitness
  • Encourage a sense of community and place
  • Festivals
  • Spaces available for special events


Educational Benefits

  • Promote Greenway link to schools, cultural, civic and religious centers
  • Environmental awareness education programs
  • Create natural, interpretative trails, outdoor amphitheaters and open-air studios


Environmental Benefits

  • Promote water quality by buffering streams and trapping pollutants
  • Preserve wildlife habitat biodiversity 
  • Help reducing flooding damage by reserving riparian land 
  • Reduce traffic congestions and promote clean air
  • Provide a place to enjoy nature in all seasons


Office Location:

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


Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Park Planning