One of Charlotte's newest trail systems, Ballantyne opened in early 2017 with two loops, Flow Loop
and Fields Loop
. A third 2.5-mile section is under construction and is set to be opened in 2018 with a few unique features.
Family Friendly: This is a very short and easy trail that does not require much climbing and can be lapped over and over.
This trail is commonly called "277" due to the area code in which it resides, 28277.
This ride starts at the main parking lot by the Bojangles Outdoor Pavilion behind the Morrison YMCA near the trail kiosk at the start of the Fields Loop
. After passing the gate across the access road, take a left at the kiosk and continue on the Fields Loop
in a clockwise direction. After about half a mile, the trail intersects with the Timothy Court Connector
and continues at the edge of the treeline back to the start of the trail.
After passing the trail kiosk for the second time, stay on the left side of the road and continue to the Main Parking Lot / Flow Loop Connector
on the left to access the Flow Loop
. This connector has tons of roots and is probably the most challenging part of the trail system.
After crossing the wooden bridge that spans a small creek, stay right to begin the Flow Loop
. This trail is the highlight of the trail system. It starts with a very easy half-mile climb that leads to where the fun begins. The last half mile of the Flow Loop
is a fast and flowy section that weaves its way through the trees over many rollers and a few small jumps to end with a few switchback berms that allow you to keep up a high rate of speed.
At the two mile mark, after crossing the bridge over the creek for a second time, take the Main Parking Lot / Flow Loop Connector
option on the left and follow the trail back to the parking lot to conclude the ride.