Mallard Creek Greenway
Is the afternoon walk up and down the block getting old? Stretch your legs on this University City artery instead. Late summer afternoons and crisp fall mornings turn Mallard Creek, Charlotte's longest greenway, into an enchanted forest (except better, since it's paved and has water fountains). While the dense foliage, smooth asphalt, and babbling stream lure joggers and bikers, kids also love coming here to dip their toes in the water and to summit the creek's bordering boulders. Stretching just over seven miles long, the path also connects to the two-mile Clark's Creek Greenway and feeds into Kirk Farm Fields, which will soon connect to another two-mile path, Tobey Creek Greenway. Neighborhood access points, like the quaint stone bridge at French Woods Road or the Research Drive entrance on UNCC's campus, are scattered along the greenway, but Countryside Montessori School has easy parking, at 9026 Mallard Creek Rd.