Let’s Take A Walk: McDowell Creek Greenway

by | By Activity, In Cornelius, Lake Norman Activities, Lifestyle, Outdoors

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The newest gem on the Cornelius Emerald Necklace.

Last Wednesday afternoon, I had rushed around, running errands, and doing grocery shopping – and, I felt, well, grumpy and annoyed. My last stop was at Publix near Magnolia estates and as I packed my groceries away (nothing that needed refrigerating), I remembered the new McDowell Creek Greenway.

Listen to that voice in your head…

I thought, “Wow, if I ever needed a peaceful walk, I could use one now.” So I decided to listen to that voice in my head, step out of the car, and around the parking lot to Magnolia Estates Drive where the entrance to the new Phase II McDowell Creek Greenway is located.

You can find the entrance to the Greenway (just to the left of this photo) on Magnolia Estates Drive in Cornelius just below Al’s Bar & Grille in the Publix shopping center.
The entrance to McDowell Creek Greenway Phase II.

A surprisingly vigorous walk

For those of you who have walked other portions of the Emerald Necklace, such as the Antiquity Greenway which is primarily flat, this section has some beautiful curves and a hill. When I was walking I saw several bicyclists having a marvelous time. The section I walked which was about half of the Phase II greenway was a great 15 minute workout each way. It’s a simple and enjoyable way to get your 30 minutes of exercise in per day.

This portion of the greenway is not flat, there are curves and a hill.

Oh, but what a lovely walk!

I had no idea when I stepped onto the greenway path where it would actually take me, but it was peaceful, the other walkers and cyclists were cordial. It was a great way to end my day. (Now, for those of you who would like to know where you are going BEFORE you set out, click on the map below to see the full Emerald Necklace greenway system.)

I discovered a babbling brook!
There are several beautiful places to sit and relax at the beginning and throughout this greenway.

Part of Cornelius’ Emerald Necklace

Click here to see the map of the 13 mile greenway system that will encircle Cornelius, NC. Here’s a street specific map of the McDowell Creek Greenway Phase II and here’s a link to the full set of greenway and trails in Cornelius.


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