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!