Trail Running in Charlotte, NC

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  1. Tight, twisty single track, areas of rock and root, and some elevation that makes good use the local topography. The multi-use trails at George Poston Park in Gastonia are great for a cardio workout and working those stabilizer muscles.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    16.7 miles
    Duration
  2. A trail system of 16 miles weaves through a wooded peninsula on Mountain Island Lake. The gently graded single track and gravel road are well shaded and offer numerous peaks at the peaceful lake.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    11.3 miles
    Duration
    Assuming a sub-one hour 10K road pace is in your range, finishing the 5-mile loop in under an hour should be very possible.
  3. For more than 10 miles the foot only trails at Reedy Creek pass through dense forests and around small lakes. For Trail runners, Reedy Creek offers a rare chance to run a single-track trail without mountain bikes.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    7.9 miles
    Duration
    Linking several trails, none with much elevation to slow you down, a 5 mile run should be able to be completed in around an hour
  4. Anne Springs Close Greenway is a privately funded park with several scenic and historic sites. Forty some miles of trails, from gravel roads to rugged single track, lace the park and offers trail runner plenty of training miles along the way.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    13.2 miles
    Duration
  5. The multi-purpose trails at Lake Norman State Park are some of the fastest flowing around Charlotte. Long stretches of shady single-track wind their way through a thick canapy of Carolina forest.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    32.6 miles
    Duration
    With some 30 miles of trail, broken up into several sections, Lake Norman can provide a short stroll or multi-hour workout.
  6. A super long stretch of single-track in a large national forest that makes getting away from it all very easy. Sometimes rugged, sometimes smooth, the trails at Uwharrie provide plenty of opportunity to miles of varied training.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    44.9 miles
    Duration
    Assuming a moderate pace of 4 mph
  7. A well marked system of cross country trails that loop around the backside of the beautiful Davidson College Campus. Located right downtown Davidson, the trails are convenient to plenty of post run refreshment opportunities.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    20.1 miles
    Duration
  8. The ever growing, dual purpose trail system at the USNWC is well shaded and includes a great range of difficulty. From nearly flat and smooth to steep runs up the banks of the Catawba there's a trail for every type of training at the USNWC

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    18.9 miles
    Duration
    The mostly interconnected trails at the USNWC, with all their optional loops, provides the makings of a short jog or multi-hour training session.
  9. Roughly 10 miles of hilly, forested single track connecting the trail systems of Crowders Mountain and Kings Mountain State Parks – offering enough distance for even the hardiest trail trotter.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    26.1 miles
    Duration
    As an out and back, distance and time are up to the runner.
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