Charlotte Area Cycling Ride Guide

Ride Local

The greater Charlotte area is home to awesome trail systems and the most beautiful scenery that North Carolina has to offer. Whether you want to do some serious mountain biking or go for a more leisurely cruise, we have many fantastic recommendations. Check out our favorite bike trails and paths, and stop by Trek of CLT today for insider tips on where and what to ride.

Mountain Biking Trails

Stone trail

U.S. National Whitewater Center  

28 trails, 40+ miles

Minutes from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s 40+ miles of singletrack and cross-country cycling trails wind through woodlands along the Catawba River and Long Creek. After your ride, enjoy what the USNWC’s 1,300 acre outdoor recreation facility has to offer from yoga to live music.

Bike next to lake

Poston Park

8 trails, 8 miles

George Poston Park in Gastonia, NC is home to some seriously hilly singletrack. With more elevation change per mile than any other trail, Poston Park’s network of trails offers riding for all levels of riders. Beautiful forest, creeks and lake views make for a beautiful Appalachian experience.

Rider on trail

Lake Norman State Park

11 trails, 30 miles

One of the region's most popular mountain biking networks surrounds North Carolina’s largest manmade lake, Lake Norman. In addition to the 30+ miles of mountain biking trails, Lake Norman State Park includes opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, camping, and more.

Multi-Use Bike Paths

Paved path

Irwin Creek & Stewart Creek Greenways

2 miles

Starting as the Irwin Creek Greenway at Ray’s Splash Park, the trail then travels through Frazier Park and Wesley Heights before becoming the Stewart Creek Greenway around I-77 and ending at the Phillip O. Berry Recreation Center.

Paved path

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

6 miles

Running alongside Little Sugar Creek, this greenway connects many Charlotte parks such as Alexander Street Park, Thompson Park, and Freedom Park. This will one day stretch 15 miles to the Catawba River in South Carolina. Shopping and dining, gardens, public art, recreational facilities, and schools line this urban path.

Trail

Lower McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek & Four Mile Creek Greenways

6 miles

This series of connected greenways on the southern outskirts of Charlotte form a 6 mile horseshoe shaped path comprised of asphalt, gravel, and wooden boardwalks that traverse creeks and wetlands filled with peaceful wildlife and vegetation.