Indian Trail

The town of Indian Trail is located in Union County and is just 15 miles southeast of Charlotte. The town limits encompass approximately 20 square miles with an additional 15 square miles of planning area.

Indian Trail was incorporated in 1907 and recently celebrated its 100th birthday. The town works hard to recognize its history and come together as a community. Annual celebrations include a 4th of July parade, a Christmas parade, Family Fun Day, and Arbor Day as well as a weekly Farmer’s Market over the summer.

Early settlement can be traced to the 1750s and a path the Waxhaw Indians used, hence the name “Indian Trail”. The economy evolved from a trading community and gold mining to agriculture and transportation in the 1870s with the presence of the railroad. Since the 1950s and 1960s, however, a national suburban trend emerged – one that continues today and has a tremendous impact on Indian Trail.

Indian Trail’s close proximity to a metropolitan area has accelerated its growth as many of our residents work in Charlotte. The town has also benefitted from a number of distributors located here as well as several new commercial developments.

Since 1990, the town has experienced a tremendous amount of growth. The town has seen its residential population go from 1,942 in 1990 to 11,905 in 2000 to 27,161 in 2005.

As a result of all this growth, the town has concentrated planning efforts to keep pace. The town adopted a long range land use plan, a new ordinance, and a pedestrian plan in recent years. We are also working on a master park plan and bicycle plan. These projects are put to the test on a daily basis but provide the framework to allow Indian Trail to grow wisely.