I like to get lost when I run. But I thought that Charlotte didn't hold any more surprises for me. So I was thrilled when I recently stumbled (metaphorically and literally) into Seversville and Stewart Creek Greenway.
The greewnway is still pristine and generally undiscovered. One leg of it creeps under a heavily-shaded canopy, next to the creek, so it is several degrees cooler than the street. It follows a soon-to-be resurrected trolley line that terminates at a mill, also on the cusp of revitalization. The quiet path links Rhino Deli, Pinky's, the Panthers' Stadium, Frazier Park and Wesley Heights. What? That's not enough to pique your interest, you say? You demand a brewery directly across the street from a quiet children's park? Fine. Blue Blaze is a great secret joint at the end of the line, sort of a "neighborhood bar" to the adjacent bungalows and tear-downs.
Oh, and I also found these amazing dilapidated rail cars.