July 10, 2016
Nice little there-and-back run in Belmont, very close to the Stowe Botanical Gardens. Trail is very well-traveled and for the most part flat without much change in elevation. There are no technical features to speak of if you don't count roots and saplings close enough to high-five as you ride by. You'll do a small incline here there and there but it's nothing serious at all. There are some good spongy switchbacks and a few spots where you can really grind a turn if you get a head of steam, however anyone who goes to this trail should know that when I was there, it was crowded and the path ain't real wide. Around ten-thirty on a Sunday I passed one other biker and four separate groups of hikers, many with kids. Bearing that in mind, while there are leaves on the trees the visibility is not fantastic and really opening up back there is a Bad Idea.
All gripes aside, the scenery is cool. The trail runs right along the edge of Lake Wylie and you'll come to a few vistas that are well-worth the trip.
Highly recommended if you're looking for a laid-back cruise by the lake.