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Aug012012

McAlpine Creek and Campbell Creek Greenways





Description



These greenway trails and their surrounding habitat have been favorite birding locations of Charlotte area birders for almost 25 years. Almost 200 bird species have been formally documented breeding, wintering or migrating along the 4 miles of greenway trail and within the adjacent 462-acre park. It seems that every year a new or exciting species is found. On a good day during spring migration, more than 100 species can be tallied in this vital urban bird oasis. In the winter, the small 3-acre pond and adjacent wetland often harbor a diversity of waterfowl. Sparrows abound around the wetland edges. In addition to birds, mammals like mink, muskrat, beaver and river otter have been found. McAlpine Park's wetland was the first site in the county where green treefrog and squirrel treefrog were documented. On summer afternoons when the birding slows, birders can focus on watching butterflies until the evening bird activity resumes.





Species of Interest (Full Bird List)


Pileated Woodpecker, Wood Duck, Swainson's Warbler, Lincoln's Sparrow, wintering waterfowl




Habitat


oak forest & mixed hardwoods/pine, small wetland communities, floodplain forest, early successional, creek




Access and Parking


Parking for the McAlpine Creek Greenway is at McAlpine Creek Community Park. Access to the greenway is available through two trails at either end of the main soccer field. Parking for the Campbell Creek Greenway is in a gravel lot located off Margaret Wallace Road. Both greenways are open daily, 7am to sunset. Call 704-432-4531 to inquire about bird programs and guided nature tours.












Directions




McAlpine Creek and Campbell Creek Greenways connect near their confluence at Independence Blvd. (U.S. 74). Primary access for McAlpine Creek Greenway is at McAlpine Creek Community Park. To get there, take Exit 52 off of I-485. Travel east on John Street, which becomes Monroe Road, for approximately 4 miles. The McAlpine Creek Park entrance is on the right. To access Campbell Creek Greenway, take Exit 51 off of I-485, for US 74 (Independence Boulevard) West. Follow Independence Boulevard for about 5 miles. Turn right on Margaret Wallace Road. Follow Margaret Wallace Road approximately 300 yards; the entrance to Campbell Creek Greenway is on the right, across the street from a fire station.


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