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McDowell Creek Greenway - Westmoreland Rd. to Sam Furr Rd.

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This is the first developed section of McDowell Creek Greenway and the first greenway to connect two towns:  Huntersville and Cornelius.  The greenway links several neighborhoods to great destinations including Birkdale Village, Westmoreland Regional Park and Robbins Park in Cornelius.  This 1.5 miles of greenway extends from Westmoreland Road to Sam Furr Road.  It offers a green oasis for town dwellers and excellent access to retail, office and residential areas.  This route is also part of the Carolina Thread Trail and the Lake Norman Bike Route.


Nature Facts:

Diverse environments along the trail include rich woodlands, old fields and wet meadows.  When flowers are in bloom, you may see various butterfly species on a leisurely walk, including the beautiful Zebra Swallowtail.  Several species of milkweed can be found along the greenway.  These plants get their name from their milky sap, which can be toxic to many animals.  Several types of insects feed upon this sap and store the toxins in their bodies which makes them distasteful to predators.  Some of these insects, including the milkweed beetle, the milkweed bug and the monarch butterfly, wear nature’s warning colors for poison such as “orange and black” or “red and black”.  Keep an eye out for them as you walk along the greenway.

The woodlands and open areas along the greenway support numerous species of birds, including several which have become uncommon in Mecklenburg County in recent years. Field sparrows which can be seen and heard in grassy and weedy fields and clearings, and Kentucky warblers can be found in rich woodlands along McDowell Creek. Low lying depressions along the greenway hold water for much of the year and become breeding locations for several amphibian species including fowler's toads and upland chorus frogs.  Listen for the various calls of these and other frog species in late winter and early to mid spring.



Paved Greenway = 1.52 Miles



8925 Townley Road Charlotte, NC 28078

8430 Westmoreland Road Cornelius, NC 28031 (Westmoreland Regional Park)
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Alternative Transportation:

CATS   (Confirm route, schedule, and stop before beginning trip) 

Nearby Amenities:

Birkdale Village

Westmoreland Regional Park

Robbins Park

J.V. Washam Elementary School

Birkdale Golf Course

For more information:

Capital Planning Services at 980-314-1000 or by email at


Office Location:

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


Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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