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McAlpine Creek Loop

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An easy loop linking together a portion of the McAlpine Creek Greenway and the outer loop of the cross country course.


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2.6

Miles

4.2

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585' 178 m

High

573' 175 m

Low

26' 8 m

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27' 8 m

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Features Birding · Fishing · Lake

Overview

Starting from the McAlpine Creek Park parking lot, this 2.6 mile loop links together the McAlpine Creek Greenway and a portion of the cross country course for an easy run with plenty of opportunities to either shorten or extend the route. Know that McAlpine Creek Park does get busy (especially given the renown of the 5K course), but McAlpine Creek Park is large and has a substantial network of trails, and the McAlpine Creek Greenway is wide enough to accommodate many trail users.

Description

Park at the McAlpine Creek Park parking lot where there is abundant parking and restrooms. Head towards the park and greenway, then follow the McAlpine Creek Greenway north. The greenway is 2.8 miles point to point, and runs southwest from Sardis Road to East Independence Boulevard. At East Independence Boulevard, the McAlpine Creek Greenway connects to the Campbell Creek Greenway.

For this route, follow the McAlpine Creek Greenway for about 0.6 miles until the greenway turns left to go to the East Independence Boulevard underpass and the cross country course continues forward before promptly making a 180 degree turn to head into McAlpine Creek Park. From this point on, you'll be following the outer loop of the cross country course which should be well marked (in both kilometers and miles) and easy to follow.

The McAlpine Creek Cross Country: Outer Loop winds back through the trees for about 0.6 miles where it emerges from the forest to pass between the ponds. This is a great spot to look for birds and to watch people go fishing. After the ponds, the course heads back into the trees for another half mile. From the trees, the course follows the edge of a field, then again passes by one of the ponds. Shortly after the pond, the trail will connect back with the McAlpine Creek Greenway. Turn right on the greenway briefly, then turn left onto the parking lot connector to head back to where you started.

If you want to go for a shorter run, there are multiple trail crisscrossing McAlpine Creek Park and connecting to the greenway—mix and match these to short-cut this route. And if you want to go for a longer run, continue northeast on the Campbell Creek Greenway, go farther southwest on the McAlpine Creek Greenway, or do more of the cross country course.

Flora & Fauna

Because the park is partially wooded and there are the two park ponds, you're likely to encounter a variety of birds.

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Amber Scott

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Playground & Marker on the trailway
Nov 15, 2019 near Matthews, NC
Map for McAlpine Creek park cross country course
Nov 15, 2019 near Matthews, NC
small pond with lots of goose running around.
Nov 15, 2019 near Matthews, NC
McAlpine Creek Greenway
Jun 18, 2019 near Matthews, NC

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