you're reading...

Cornelius News

Six Hikes, Ten Miles

Fisher Farm Park

June 26. By Emily Paton. This summer is the perfect time to try some new trails, and there are options close to home. Try these six footpaths within ten miles of Cornelius, and don’t forget to pack your sunscreen, bug spray, and helmet if applicable; leashed pets and bikes permitted unless noted otherwise. At all sites (with the exception of Jetton park) there is a trailhead map and information board – make sure to check it out before you adventure off. Visit AllTrails.com for more information on these paths.

Jetton Park is a Cornelius community staple. Joggers, dog-walkers, and strollers are all welcomed to the 1.4 mile paved Ramsey Creek Loop, which also sports smaller trails in between. Public waterfront is also available (though no swimming allowed), as well as a bike path along the perimeter. Plenty of parking on-site, restrooms are currently closed due to COVID-19. 19000 Jetton Rd

The Caldwell Station Greenway is another paved community path. A 2.6 mile length greenway lined with beautiful flowers, trees, and foliage, this walkway is great for a bike ride, walk, or stroll. There is a 4 car gravel lot off of Bailey Road at 10000 Bailey Road, additional parking available at Bailey Road Park, two blocks away: 11536 Bailey Roa

Stephens Road Nature Preserve

The West Branch Nature Preserve at the end of June Washam Road sports the paved 1.1 mile West Branch Rocky River Greenway as well as a short wooded walking trail. Plenty of parking available on-site. Intersection of June Washam and Shearer Road

The Fisher Farm Park has a paved 1.9 greenway as well as many grassy, forest, and trail-like footpaths. The array of outdoor adventures is fit for dog walks, bike rides, or mountain bike expeditions. It combines with adjacent Asherbam Park to cover over 200 acres of serene greenery. Plenty of parking on-site, and restroom access is currently available. 21215 Shearer Rd

The North Meck Trail in Huntersville has a forest mountain bike loop perfect for an adventure. The 3.5 wooded trail is beautiful, with twist turns, and minor elevation changes. It is nestled inside North Mecklenburg Park, the first parking lot. 6131 Old Statesville Rd

If you want the most trail-like footpath, give Stephens Road Nature Preserve a visit. This nature area at the end of Stephens Road has a large array of hiking paths, ranging anywhere from 1 to 8 miles. After a connecting gravel path of under ½ a mile, these forest trails will transport you beyond Lake Norman. No bikes allowed – make sure you bring your bug spray. Parking for about 4 cars is available on a widened gravel shoulder next to the trailhead. 5901 Stephens Rd