Cycling in Charlotte, NC
About Charlotte Cycling
The Charlotte Area Cycling Alliance is a nonprofit bicycling advocacy group that works to encourage biking infrastructure throughout the area. There work has helped grow the amount of bicycle lanes, bike racks, and bike friendly mass transit options.
For regularly scheduled rides around town, there are few groups more active than the Charlotte Spokes People. Formed as a way to organize several recurring events, CSP is managed by people who really want to see everyone get out and ride. Their Plaza Midwood Tuesday Night Ride is one of the most constantly attended weekly events in the city.
About 10 miles north of town, the Huntersville Business Park is a popular place for local cyclists to stretch their legs. The flat, 1.5 mile loop sees little car traffic after working hours. Just south of Uptown, the 3 mile Booty loop takes riders through one of Charlotte’s prettiest neighborhoods.
Thanks to the city, Mecklenburg County, and the Carolina Thread Trail, the greenway system in Charlotte is become more robust every year. McAlpine Creek, Mallard Creek, and McMullen Creek all offer several miles of easy, mostly tree lined, pedaling opportunities.
An astonishing collection of world-class amenities for all forms of cycling. A velodrome, BMX course, closed crit course, mountain bike trails, and paved greenway are, or will soon be, part of the collection.
Nearly 6 miles of shady greenway running through wetlands and along creeks at the southern edge of Charlotte.
A simple 2 mile oval of nearly empty road creates a great training ride for year round cycling.
A challenging ride through Carolina piedmont countryside which climbs to the summit of Morrow Mountain, and then gets difficult.
Over 7 miles of continuous, shady trail near UNCC. Mostly flat, gravel trail perfect for a leisurely ride.
As the unofficial training ground near uptown, thousands of cyclists ride the 3-mile Booty Loop through the picturesque Myers Park Neighborhood.
Winter beautifully transforms North Carolina’s wild spaces into a playground for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.
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Five unique hikes that will take you through groves of giant cypress, through dense hardwood forests, along the shores of glistening lakes, and to the top of an iconic Carolina peak—no experience required.
Six super sweet singletrack trails that are just a short drive from the Queen City.
Four must-do North Carolina treks for the hardiest of hikers.
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