Charlotte Rail Trail

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Trail Distance: 3.5 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 30 min
Elevation Gain: 1 foot
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Unknown
Description
The Charlotte Rail Trail provides a unique way to experience the city! This trail follows along the Charlotte Trolley Line. The originally trolley line was put out of service in 1938, but now this piece of history is back in service, with one of the original heritage streetcars and three replica trolleys. You can follow the trail for 3.5 miles from Uptown Charlotte to the historic South End. It's a great way to explore Charlotte, and get some fresh air and exercise with your doggo. 

You can start your adventure at East 9th Street in uptown Charlotte, or Clanton Road in the South End. There are plenty of access points and parking lots to be found along the way. If you should choose to park at the lot on East 9th Street, park towards the back and not in the spaces reserved for the fire department. Be sure to check all the signs to avoid a parking ticket. If you live in the neighborhood, this is the ideal trail to add to your route on your morning walk or jog with Fido. 

Along the trail you'll be fully immersed in the culture of this lively city, while discovering cafes and bars, galleries, and live music. At the South End, you'll find the Charlotte Trolley Barn and Museum. The first Friday of every month there is a Gallery Crawl, during which trailside art galleries open their doors for browsing, music, and hors d'oeuvres. If your pups need to rest their paws, you can kick back on one of the benches or in a park along the way. Some other amenities include trash receptacles, bike racks, and street lights. 

Doggos are more than welcome along the trail, as long as a couple ground rules are followed. This includes keeping your pal leashed and picked up after at all times. Please keep in mind only service animals are allowed inside city buildings. 

The Charlotte Rail Trail allows you to get the most out of Charlotte with your four-legged friend! 

Trail Features
Easy Incline, Urban
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
The trail passes through busy metropolitan areas, so watch out for fast moving vehicles. Don't walk the trail alone after dark. Bring plenty of drinking water for you and your pup.
Address
300 E 9th St
Charlotte, NC 28202
Hours
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Address
300 E 9th St
Charlotte, NC 28202
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset