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Little Sugar Creek Greenway, Charlotte

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Little Sugar Creek Greenway is a linear park and stream restoration project in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. When completed it will consist of twenty miles of trails and paved walkways running from Cordelia Park just north of uptown Charlotte, then south through midtown Charlotte, and continuing all the way to the South Carolina state line. The Little Sugar Creek Greenway will be a key part of the Carolina Thread Trail, a regionwide network of trails that will ultimately pass through 15 counties.Greenways are narrow strips of land, planted and managed to provide both human recreation and wildlife habitat. Greenways along streams, such as Little Sugar Creek, improve water quality and help control flooding. There are about 37 miles of developed greenways in Mecklenburg County, of which this is only one.The two urban sections of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway were championed by Central Piedmont Community College president Tony Zeiss and together provide five unbroken miles of paved walkway from East 7th Street southward to Brandywine Road.HistoryLittle Sugar CreekUnlike many large cities, Charlotte is not sited on or near a sea, lake, or significant river; its hydrogeography is based on small streams and creeks, Little Sugar Creek being perhaps the most prominent. The name of Little Sugar Creek (which has also been called Sugar Creek, a name that has also been applied to what is now called Irwin Creek) derives from the Sugaree tribe indigenous to the area.
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  • I really liked walking this greenway. It's a pretty walk, next to the creek. It's always full of people, making it feel secure. 
  • On a nice quiet weekday I took my bike down there and rode from the NoDa to Freedom Park and back. The scenery is always changing and despite being in the city, it is mostly quiet and peaceful. I star...  more »
  • I have ridden my bike through this greenway quite a few times now and this is a really great spot.Charlotte is adding so many greenways and this is right in the heart of it all. Eventually all the gre...  more »