Original article written April 22nd, 2016
The City of Charlotte is partnering with Mecklenburg County to create a 26-mile trail and greenway facility that will stretch all the way from South Carolina, through Pineville and Uptown Charlotte, then up to UNCC until it hits the Cabarrus County line in Harrisburg.
The finished project will be called the Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT). Once completed, it will officially be the longest paved biking trail in North Carolina – you’ll be able to ride seamlessly from one end of Mecklenburg County to the other. The longest current trail is the The American Tobacco Trail extending 22 miles from Durham to down to Wake County.
UPDATE: 8/17/2017 Charlotte just approved the latest addition to the trail — a new $1.2 million segment that will connect the Little Sugar Creek Greenway at Parkwood Avenue to the 24th Street trail.
Many uptown workers are already using folding bikes on the trail to travel to and from work.
The City of Charlotte is projecting that the trail will extend from Matheson Avenue in NoDa all the way down to Pineville by the year 2025.
UPDATE: 6/17/2019 The City of Charlotte just announced an update to the new Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT) Brandywine to Tyvola Segment.
Construction is expected to start by the end of 2019. Because of limited funding and rising construction costs, the previously planned pedestrian bridge at Brandywine Road will not be constructed as part of this segment.
“The B2T is a 1.2 mile stretch of the 26-miles of trail and greenway facility that will stretch from the City of Pineville through Center City and on to the UNC Charlotte campus and Cabarrus County line. Residents will be able to travel seamlessly from one end of Charlotte to the other with approximately 98,000 jobs within a half-mile of the proposed trail and reaching many treasured places across Charlotte.”
They also released a new 3D flyover of the new section: