First phase of Hector H. Henry Greenway now open

City Council and family members dedicated the first completed phase of the Hector H. Henry, II Greenway Tuesday at the Odell Elementary School entrance in Moss Creek Village. What will become the City of Concord's longest greenway project was named in July 2013 in honor of Council Member Dr. Hector H. Henry, II. Henry served the City of Concord for over thirty years on the City Council. He began his service as an Alderman in 1973 and continued until 1989. Following a four-year rest, he was again elected to serve as a Council Member in 1994 and continued until passing away on Thanksgiving Day, 2013. The greenway will eventually follow the banks of the Rocky River fourteen miles through Concord. The river enters City limits when it passes under Davidson Highway (NC 73) and continues through Concord until after its confluence with Mallard Creek, where it enters Harrisburg and unincorporated Cabarrus County. See photos from Tuesday's event at

FUTURE GREENWAY named in honor of Council Member Hector Henry II.


Rocky River Greenway, NW Phase 
Improvements are planned for open space and utility easement along a segment of Rocky River between Harris Road and Highway 73 to develop a trail as part of the Concord Greenway System.

Current thoughts are to provide a paved trail, add amenities, and provide connections to Odell Elementary School, Harris Road Middle School, Moss Creek and Moss Farm Street where public parking will be available. This greenway corridor has been designated as a Carolina Thread Trail corridor.

The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional greenway trail system planned to link approximately 2.3 million people in 15 counties in North and South Carolina.


Click HERE for Rocky River Greenway NW Phase Site Map (pdf version) 






The  greenway trail will run along the top of this berm that remains from an old retention basin.

The greenway trail runs through this open field to connect neighborhoods to nature and environmental opportunities along Rocky River.






View from the greenway corridor.

Potential neighborhood access to the greenway.








This retention pond is home to many types of waterfowl.  The trail will use portions of an existing utility easement, rather than clearing new paths, thus minimizing current erosion problems along the easement.



This Egret is one of the many species of wildlife living along the Rocky River Greenway NW Phase.  An observation deck/outdoor classroom is proposed overlooking this pond.



The greenway trail will follow the edge of Rocky River within a successional field.







This utility access between Harris Rd. Middle School and Odell Elementary School will be converted to paved trail giving access to the greenway and its environment for children to use as an outdoor classroom.

An abundance of bird life exists along the future greenway trail corridor.







Much of this greenway trail is adjacent to and overlooks a conservation easement.

The trail corridor will follow a strip of upland between Rocky River and a conservation easement.







The public is very supportive of the development of a greenway trail that will provide a recreation outlet for users of all ages.

The Rocky River Greenway NW Phase will provide much nature based education for users of this trail, including elementary school children as part of a new curriculum.






This eroded hillside will become a future neighborhood connection.



1/4 Mile Markers at Concord's Downtown Greenway Loop

Quarter mile markers are now indicated with two red lizards at each location.




Downtown Greenway Loop Information and Map



Greenway System Brochure

Click on brochure for more information on Concord's Greenway Systems.





"Marking the Thread" 
In September, 2009 the Downtown Connector was designated by the Carolina Thread Trail as a Thread Trail segment.  Visitors will experience marked Carolina Thread Trail segments and know that they are celebrating the debut of a landmark trail project that will ultimately reach 15 counties and 2.3 million citizens.  For additional information, call Mark Kincaid at 704-920-5611.




W.M. Irvin Elementary Class helps to celebrate the Carolina Thread Trail. 
Click here for photos. 


McEachern Greenway Downtown Connector

The Downtown Connector adds .052 miles to the McEachern Greenway for a total of 1.5 miles.  Greenway identifiers include brick columns at the greenway entryways, banners along all the loops, and brick pavers adorning the sidewalks.

For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 704-920-5600.


Greenway Expansion Project


CONCORD -The City of Concord is in the process of expanding the current Greenway system by constructing a new trail located in the downtown area. City staff presented to City Council an update on a more pedestrian friendly community and open space preservation project, which council approved. Council heard an update on the downtown connector designed to connect McEachern Greenway and the center town area. Funding has been designated in the City’s Capital Project budget for these items.

"This project gives us an opportunity to expand the open space in the downtown area and has very beneficial long term benefits. The Downtown Connector Greenway will offer a serene oasis for people working and living in downtown to just get away and have quiet, reflective time in addition to the active exercise component," commented Mark Kincaid, Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation.

The project, now including the City Council initiated purchase of an additional eleven acres of open space, will provide a connector to the existing McEachern Greenway and Mickey McGee Park and along with additional sidewalk projects, will provide a two-mile loop connecting downtown Concord, McGee Park, Myers Park, and the Village Greenway. Construction was delayed when some of the land adjacent to the Greenway route became available, thus providing for an improved route and the opportunity to preserve the eleven acres of open space. Construction is underway.

Construction will soon begin on a pedestrian connection to link the McEachern Greenway and Les Myers Park to Union Street.

The planned Lawndale Street sidewalk project will allow a safe transition from Myers Park, downtown, to Village Greenway. Pedestrian improvement projects along Lawndale Ave are anticipated to connect the downtown area with the Greenway. Sidewalks with curb and gutter are planned for this area. Anticipated completion of the Greenway connector is Summer 2009. Future Greenway phases will include Means Avenue and walking paths to the hospital area.

Project funds are provided by PARTF grant monies dedicated to enhancing the recreation and parks programs statewide. The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants to local governments for parks and recreational projects to serve the public. NCDOT grants are also designated for this project with the City of Concord matching funds.

At the same meeting, Council approved a resolution supporting the Carolina Thread Trail, which will provide funding for planning and developing Greenway that will eventually interconnect the region. Consistent with the Thread Trail concept, the Council approved a contract to begin the design of the Rocky River Greenway, starting with the section between Weddington Road and Concord Parkway (US 29).

"Greenway, pedestrian paths, bicycle lanes, and sidewalks are identified as priority assets with in the Livable Community Master Plan. All of these projects enhance the quality of life in the downtown area, provide an avenue for healthy living, and with the addition of the open space provide wildlife a sanctuary. Also in this project are exercise stations geared toward the active senior population," remarked Kincaid.

Contact: Mark Kincaid, Parks and Recreation, 704-920-5611



What are Greenways?


Greenways are linear parks of land left in a natural state that provide enjoyable corridors for walking, jogging, skating and biking.  Most greenways are built along banks of rivers, streams or lakes. 

Greenway Regulations

Unauthorized motor vehicles prohibited.
Alcoholic beverages, drugs and weapons are prohibited.
Pets must be kept on leashes at all times.
Bikes must stay on trails to avoid damage to vegetation and wildlife habitat.
Enjoy your greenways! 




The Village Greenway 

The Village Greenway, the City of Concord’s second greenway opened on August 4, 2007. Running through the historic Gibson Village community, The Village Greenway will provide citizens of Concord with a half-mile paved asphalt trail that walkers, runners, bicyclists, and roller bladers can all enjoy.

 The Village Greenway trail starts on Elm Avenue, NW, beside the Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County. The trail travels down Elm Avenue, turns left at Alexander Street, and then right at Academy Avenue. The greenway takes you past the Academy Recreation Center and Webb Field, and then crosses a bridge and travels alongside Webb and McAllister fields. The greenway trail then crosses Crowell Drive and follows Locke Mill Creek to Kerr Street.

 There are three entrances to The Village Greenway, at the Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County, on Academy Avenue just past Webb Field, and on Kerr Street between Crowell Drive and Cedar Drive.

 The Village Greenway will give citizens of Concord with another opportunity to exercise and enjoy the natural beauty of Concord. It also provides citizens with a safe, walkable trail connecting the Gibson Village Community with Historic Downtown Concord, where you can shop, eat, and visit entertainment destinations.

 The city is utilizing grants and public tax dollars to fund the greenway system. For additional photos of The Village Greenway, please click here.

Harold B. McEachern Greenway

The City of Concord's first greenway, this paved walkway extends one mile along Branchview Drive between Les Myers Park and J. W. McGee Park.  A pedestrian tunnel allows trail users to safely cross underneath Corban Avenue.

With trails constructed of ten foot wide paved asphalt, walkers, runners, bicylists and roller bladers can enjoy nature equally.  The greenway system will give many residents the convenience of a city park in their own backyard.  Parking at Les Myers Park or J. W. McGee, Jr. Park will enable all residents the ability to enjoy the beauty and serenity of our natural resources without ever leaving the city limits of Concord. 

Future phases of the McEachern Greenway will connect the greenway to Concord's downtown and to the hospital area.




If you'd like more information about Concord's plan for greenways, call Mark Kincaid at 704-920-5611.

For additional photos of The Village Greenway, please click here.

More further information:
The City of Concord's Planned Greenway System (pdf)





Cabarrus County Greenway Master Plan and the Carolina Thread Trail