Mallard and Clarks Creek Greenways - Running

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Seven miles of paved and gravel surface trail, following the creek bed and well shaded, the Mallard Creek and Clarks Greenways connect for great running experience.

Written by

Rob Glover


7.0 miles

As an out and back, it's easy to create whatever distance you need.

Destination Distance From Downtown

9.4 miles


1 of 5 diamonds

The smooth and mostly flat section of greenway is an easy place to log miles

Time To Complete

2 hours

Actual time depends on how much of the greenway your workout calls for


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits




One of the longest stretches of greenway in Charlotte, Mallard Creek and Clark Creek connect for just over 7 miles of uninterrupted running trail. The mostly shaded, paved and gravel surface trails follow their namesake creeks closely, providing a pleasant place to enjoy a long run in a more natural setting than a typical road route.

What Makes It Great

Piecing together a long run can sometimes be difficult in Charlotte. Neighborhood designers choose caul-de-sacs and dead ends over connecting stretches of through roads. So having the ability get 14 miles round trip on a mostly shaded and easy to run greenway is fantastic.

This section of trail is actually made up of two greenways: Mallard Creek and Clark Creek. Beginning at the Kirk Farm soccer field, the Mallard Creek Greenway travels west first as pavement, turning to gravel for just over a mile, and then back to pavement. Just after the pavement begins again, Clarks Creek Greenway Y’s off to the north while Mallard continues on generally west.

Through its travels, the greenways connect the university with several neighborhoods and elementary schools. It’s proximity to these population centers and its generally pleasant design make the trail a popular amenity to those in the university area. While the trail is plenty wide for its traffic, it is a good idea to watch for cyclists.

Who is Going to Love It

This is the trail for a long Saturday run. With few interruptions to break your flow, it’s a great place to slap on your headphones and crank out a half- marathon's worth of running. But without serious hills or technical areas, it’s also fine for a relaxing two mile jog. Visitors to the trail include serious distance runners and parents with jogging stroller looking for a bit of exercise. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

There are multiple parking options but if you want to start at one end instead of the middle, park at Kirk Farm Fields – 210 East Mallard Creek Church Road. Dogs are allowed but should be leashed. 

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Mallard and Clarks Creek Greenways

9801 Mallard Creek Rd
charlotte, NC, 28262
35.33543, -80.774148

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