North Mecklenburg Park, or “North Meck” as it’s known locally, is a fantastic resource for north Charlotte. Ball fields and playgrounds draw residents of Huntersville and surrounding areas. But it’s the 3.5 miles of tree-covered single-track that brings the bikers.
Fast-flowing with only a couple spots to slow down, like the quick creek dip, North Meck is the place for practicing beginner skills or knocking out multiple loops.
What Makes It Great
With no real lung busting hills or insane obstacles, the trail at North Meck go to the lovers of swift, tight single-track. Long-ish run ups and relatively few big bumps give ample opportunity to tear through the trees.
A few tight turns will keep you honest and the bridges are good practice for riding tighter trails later on. There's one good drop-down creek crossing deep into the trail so keep an eye out. It's not crazy, but could jar an unsuspecting newbie of their bike. These few changes of pace are what trail riding is about and North Meck is a great place to learn these skills.
The trails are officially bi-directional but most run it clockwise. Expect plenty of roots but this is a Tarheel Trailblazers project, so it is well kept and usually in pristine condition.
Who is Going to Love It
North Meck is the quintessential quick-stop for experienced riders on the north side of Charlotte to get in a few fast miles after work. For newbies, the trails are a great place to get their feet wet (literally if you take the creek crossing wrong) on a true single-track trail that won’t require walking the bike. There are a few elevation changes so those looking for some cardio won't be too disappointed here.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The park is easy enough to miss if you’re not paying attention. Watch for the sign on the left while heading north on Old Statesville Rd. Stop at the first parking lot on the left after entering the park. You’ll see a trailhead sign and the pump track.
The trails are officially bi-directional, but most riders travel clockwise. The trails at North Meck are also popular with runners so typical rules apply: announce your approach, give way to faster movers, and always wear a helmet.
The trails are usually closed for 24 hours after significant rainfall. This is to protect the rider but also to protect the trail. Knobby, aggressive mountain bike tires tare up rain soaked dirt trails, making the work of volunteers who maintain them much more difficult. You can find trail status here.