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Charlotte, NC: Robinson Rockhouse Ruins, Reedy Creek

Enjoy a short hike to 200-year-old ruins along Reedy Creek on the Robinson Rockhouse Trail in Charlotte.

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Enjoy a short hike to 200-year-old ruins along Reedy Creek. This area of the park is fairly isolated, so prepare for solitude. BY MATT CLAPP

Trip Stats
Distance: 4.3 miles
Time: 1.5 hours
Distance from Uptown Charlotte: 20 minutes
More Info: Best Hikes Near Charlotte by Jennifer Pharr Davis

Prepare
1. Enter “Reedy Creek Park” into Google Maps
2. If you play disc golf, bring a disc and play a round on the way back.

Explore
Mile 0.0: From parking lot at the dog park, which is on your left if you’re facing the kiosk, walk south along the fence (to your left).
0.15: Cross the asphalt road and continue left at the fork immediately after the road. The baseball diamond will be on your right.
0.3: At the fork, veer left to stay close to the soccer field on your left. After a hundred feet you reach another fork, stay left.
0.4: At the concrete slab for hole 14 of the disc golf course, turn right to stay on the trail.
0.6: At the picnic pavilion, continue straight, as if you walked directly through the pavilion. A few hundred feet later, upon reaching the restrooms, turn left down the wide dirt road.
0.9: Upon reaching the T junction with the sign for the Sassafras Trail, turn left.
1.0: Upon reaching a junction with the Sierra Loop Trail, turn left and begin following the blazes of the red triangle with the white hiker. After a few hundred feet, ignore the faint spur trail to you left and stay on the main trail to the right.
1.3: Cross a wooden bridge and immediately turn right.
1.9: Upon reaching the Robinson Rockhouse Ruins Trail sign, just before the bridge, turn left.
2.2: Arrive at Robinson Rockhouse Ruins. Explore and return the way you came.
2.5: At the Robinson Rockhouse Trail Luo turn right onto the Sierra Trail.
3.1: Cross the bridge
3.5: At the Sierra Loop Trail, turn right.
3.6: At the Sassafras Trail, turn right.
3.65: At the restrooms, turn right towards the pavilion. At the pavilion, continue straight to the trail past it on the right.
3.85: At the fork, veer left staying close to the disc golf area.
4.0: At the soccer field, you may see people playing cricket on the weekend. Sit and watch a match.
4.1: At the baseball diamond, stay right and walk a semi-circle round it, keeping it to your left until reach the asphalt road.
4.3: Cross the asphalt road.

Reward
1. Play a round of disc golf if you brought a disc.
2. Watch a cricket match on the weekend on your hike back.
3. On your drive home, stop by New Century Oriental Food Supermarket at Asian Corner Mall. Buy a bunch of frozen dumplings and invite friends over later for dim sum by steaming them in a pot or rice cooker.
4. Grab some tacos or a burrito at Phat Burrito.

My Day
Weather: 43 and sunny
Drink: Homemade ginger tea with honey
Song: Indi Groove by Chinese Man
Water: 16 oz.

Robinson Rockhouse Ruins

Robinson Rockhouse Ruins

Barren Forest

Barren Forest

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

The Trail's the Thing

The Trail’s the Thing

Felled Tree

Felled Tree

Trail Facts

  • State: NC
  • City: Charlotte
  • Distance: 4.3
  • Contact: (704) 432-6460
  • Land Type: Other