For 25 years the Tarheel Trailblazers have been hard at work, creating and maintaining the vast majority of superb mountain bike trails in and around Charlotte. While designed for knobby tires, these trails also provide trail runners with more than 100 miles of twists, turns, and hills for mild to wild workouts.
One of the most popular Trailblazer products for runners is North Mecklenburg Park. The 3.5-mile route is on the milder side of technical, making for a great place for a faster pace. The Renaissance Park trails, two of them make up a 6 mile system, are also less technical but with just enough elevation differential to get the heart rate going. Among the longest trail systems on the Trailblazers list of accomplishments are the 30-plus miles at Lake Norman State Park.
The immensely popular trails at the U.S. National Whitewater Center were originally managed by the Trailblazers before the center was built. The USNWC has jurisdiction over the 20-plus miles of trail now and adds sections every year. And While built for mountain bikes, the trails at George Poston Park are becoming a local favorite for trail runners as well.