In Lake Norman, we have an amazing and very large lake that is known nationwide as the largest manmade lake in the state. It's nothing short of a great lake and a great area with a lot of amazing and fun things to do including several hidden treasures. Some of our best treasures are the great greenways we have in the area. Whether it's running, walking, jogging, biking, or anything else you can do out on a trail, there is something special about just enjoying the beautiful scenery of this gorgeous area, and beauty is for sure something this area does not lack!
The Emerald Necklace is an over 13-mile loop that circles Cornelius with connections to surrounding towns like Huntersville and Davidson. The Emerald Necklace is made up of a combination of greenways throughout Cornelius including the Antiquity Greenway, the Caldwell Station Creek Greenway, and the South Prong Rocky River Greenway. Right off the Antiquity Greenway is Pedego E-Bikes which offers bike rentals for any biking skill level. With the Emerald Necklace acting as a loop around Cornelius, there are several businesses to stop by to check out as well as use as restrooms or some needed cool air in the summertime. The Emerald Necklace has plans of being a complete loop around Cornelius displaying beautiful scenic views in the process. While some of the constructions of the paths have been completed there are still future plans for shared-use paths along Catawba Avenue and Sam Furr Road to ensure the full experience.
The Davidson Greenways bring over 6 miles of walking space throughout Davidson including, 2.8 miles from the Randall R. Kincaid trail which offers beautiful scenery that connects us with the wonderful outdoors. The pedestrian pathways throughout the town and its parks encourage fitness to the residents while conserving the outdoors and play a crucial part in improving the town’s air quality. Along the Davidson Greenway, you can expect to see some special flora and fauna including Eastern Red Cedar Trees, Sweetgum, deer, frogs, and many more including over 100 species of birds. The Davidson Greenways are a special place for you to visit today that connects humans to nature in a magnificent way.
Are you looking for a greenway that connects tunnels, bridges, the lake, and a historic downtown? If so, the Huntersville Vine is for you! The Huntersville Vine has it all while still having very few on-road areas to keep everyone safe as well as maximize the experience of walking through the greenway. The Huntersville Vine includes going through the Latta Nature Preserve which includes the Quest Center, Historic Latta Plantation, Carolina Raptor Center, horseback riding trails, picnic shelters, and many more amenities and things to do. The Huntersville Vine also has access to bathrooms throughout the greenway including at the Latta Nature Preserve.
The greenways around Lake Norman are truly special and the place to be when you are looking for some exercise or just simply want to take in the outdoors. Whether it's the beautiful views or the local flora and fauna, the greenways can deliver. Whether it's walking, running, or biking, a journey around the greenways is good for the soul and you will not be let down. So, go outside to touch some grass and explore the local greenways today!