Trails, recreation, & wildlife are all minutes away from our apartments in Mallard Creek

One of the best things about living in the Charlotte area is having access to so many beautiful and unique natural areas and greenscapes. For residents of Mallard Creek apartments, you’re never far away from gorgeous greenery, sparkling lakes, interesting trails, and flourishing wildlife.

Parks, nature preserves, gardens, and wildlife centers are all just a short drive away from Greenway at Mallard Creek. Have fun getting outside, exploring nature, and learning about the local history, flora, and fauna—there are so many great options nearby.

Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve

In an area rich with Native American history, the Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve are located just 15 minutes from our Northlake Charlotte apartments. Recreation, education, and exploration are just a few of the many activities you can do at this 927-acre forested habitat. Visitors will love hiking the 10 miles of dog-friendly trails over a variety of terrains while taking in view of streams, trees, meadows, and small lakes. There are also numerous fishing opportunities within Reedy Creek Park.

Not only is the nature preserve brimming with incredible mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, but guests can visit the Nature Center to learn more about these regional species through exhibits and interactive experiences. Visit the Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve’s website for more information.

Hornets Nest Park

Get active and get some fresh air at Hornets Nest Park—also just a quick 15-minute drive from our Mallard Creek apartments. The 140-acre park is the perfect place to have a little fun by taking advantage of all the amenities the space has to offer. Visitors will find a softball complex, an 18-hole disc golf course, 12 tennis courts, 7 horseshoe pits, 2 playgrounds, 2 basketball courts, and 2 volleyball courts. For the adrenaline junkies, check out the 1,150-foot regulation BMX bike track that hosts competitions every Saturday. Visit the park’s website for details.

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

One of the most serene and relaxing places to take a leisurely stroll happens to be located less than 10 minutes from our Northlake Charlotte apartments. The UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens features major collections of orchids, carnivorous plants, rhododendrons, and dozens more incredible species of flora. Guests can explore the McMillan Greenhouse where you’ll find and learn about plant varieties from five environments across the globe. Wander the stunning, landscaped paths that take you into specifically curated gardens with native and non-native plant life.

Visit the botanical gardens’ website for hours, admission, garden maps, and more.

Carolina Raptor Center

Find yourself in awe of raptors and other birds of prey at the Carolina Raptor Center. This incredible non-profit organization not only provides fun and exciting educational experiences to its visitors, but they also treat 900-1,000 injured birds a year, releasing almost 70% back into the wild. Guests will enjoy walking the ¾-mile Raptor Trail which features over 30 species of raptors, hawks, eagles, owls, and falcons.

Learn more about trail exhibits, hours, tickets, and more via the Carolina Raptor Center’s website.

Mallard Creek and Clarks Creek Greenways

Stretching across 7.4 miles, the Mallard Creek and Clark’s Creek Greenways have both paved and gravel trails for walkers, joggers, and cyclists alike. Not only is it an ideal place to get your lungs pumping while enjoying the gorgeous scenery, but visitors will also love all of the wildlife that makes an appearance along the way—keep an eye out for butterflies, herons, foxes, deer, hawks, and beavers.

Visit the greenway’s website to download a trail map.


Nature and respite from the bustle of the city or the stresses of life are never far away when you live at our Mallard Creek apartments. The comforts of home are quite luxurious at Greenway at Mallard Creek, but when you need to have a change of scenery—there are lots of amazing options nearby. Stop by and tour our beautiful apartment homes today.

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