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Little Sugar Creek Greenway - I 485 to President James K. Polk State Historic Site

Cross Charlotte Trail blaze​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A partnership between the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County as part of the Cross Charlotte Trail ​​​​​


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​This segment extends the Little Sugar Creek Greenway 1.8 miles, from I-485 to the President James K. Polk State Historic Site​​​. A connector to McMullen Creek Greenway is planned in collaboration with the Charlotte Department of Transportation, funding permitting. This project is a combined stream enhancement and greenway construction project.  The stream enhancements to Little Sugar Creek will reduce erosion and improve water quality.​

This greenway segment is part of the Cross Charlotte Trail, which will eventually connect to Cabarrus County to the South Carolina state line. This greenway is also part of the Carolina Thread Trail​, a regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties in two states.

The Little Sugar Creek Greenway Master Plan, created in 2004, and the Comprehensive Park & Recreation Master Plan Update, completed in April 2015, recommended the completion of Little Sugar Creek Greenway to the South Carolina border as a high priority. The Little Sugar Creek Master Plan comprehensively describes and illustrates the long-range improvements for the 15-mile greenway, which is a portion of the Cross Charlotte Trail. ​

  • ​To promote alternative transportation

  • To promote health and fitness

  • To cultivate a diverse community and diverse recreational opportunities

​Many public meetings were conducted to receive community input on the character of the corridor and the amenities and access to be provided. A steering committee, composed of a cross-section of elected officials, private citizens and Mecklenburg County staff were assembled to help inform the planning process. In addition, a needs assessment survey revealed that 64 percent of all residents felt the role of greenways as a connected network of walking, biking and nature trails was very important. More greenways​ are needed to enhance connectivity that will be provided by the Cross Charlotte Trail.

Funded by Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation capital funds ​​