Directions and Parking

Greenhouse Address and Parking

GPS Address: 9090 Craver Rd. 28262

This is the greenhouse address – limited visitor parking is located across from the greenhouse adjacent to the parking services building. Parking information below.

Notes: If 9090 Craver does not register on your gps, try “9090 Michael Ray Craver Rd”. For written directions, scroll to bottom of page.  Using our mailing address on the home page will bring you to the main entrance of the campus, but not to the greenhouse, specifically.

Gardens Visitor Parking

Botanical Gardens Visitor parking is located across Craver Rd. from the greenhouse.

  • There are 6 parking spots in that lot identified for “gardens, greenhouse, and parking services visitors”.
  • You may park in one of those spaces, but you must obtain a temporary parking permit (Mon-Fri only) from the Parking Services Office. This is the building adjacent to the lot with a green awning. You will be given a free 4-hr, hang-tag permit for your rear-view mirror.
  • These permits ARE required Monday – Friday, 8am – 5 pm. Permits are NOT required after 5 pm or on the WEEKEND. You may park in any unrestricted space on campus on Saturdays and Sundays without permits.

If the visitor spaces are full on weekdays, additional visitor parking is located in  “East  Deck 1″ or the “Union Deck”.   campus parking map. Both are a 5 minute walk from the Greenhouse.  Look on the map for the dark green shaded decks – those are the visitor decks.  Parking fees of $2/hr apply.

Saturdays and Sundays you may park in any spot on campus (unless marked by individual signs indicating “reserved”) for free without a permit.

Don’t use GPS?  What follows are what we consider the simplest directions for visitors unfamiliar with the campus or University area. 

via I-85: Off I-85, take exit 46 east, Mallard Creek Church Rd. (Off 85 South that’s a left, off 85 North that’s a right). At the third stoplight (about 1.5 mi) turn RIGHT on Mary Alexander Rd. (FYI- it is marked both Bonnie Cone and Mary Alexander) . You will enter campus, and at the four-way stop, continue straight. The next road to the RIGHT (only) is Craver Rd. Turn right onto Craver Rd. & take a quick right into the parking area.

via I-485: Take exit 32 (Hwy. 29) off I-485. Head west on hwy. 29, Tryon St. (off I-485 North, that’s a left, off I-485 South, its a right.) The next main intersection past 485 is at Mallard Creek Church Rd. Take a LEFT onto Mallard Creek Church Rd. At the next stoplight, turn RIGHT onto Mary Alexander Rd (marked also as Bonnie Cone in other direction). You will enter campus, and at the four-way stop, continue straight. The next road to the RIGHT (only) is Craver Rd. Turn right onto Craver & take a quick right into the parking area.

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Overview of Charlotte area and location of the University

UNC Charlotte is located in northeast Charlotte (referred to as ” the University area”). Campus can be reached by taking I-485, I-85, Hwy 29, or Hwy 49, depending on your location and familiarity with the area.

The Greenhouse & Gardens are on the east end of the campus, at the corner of Mary Alexander & Michael Craver Rd. If you would prefer to enter the campus via the main entrance, but wish to visit the greenhouse, look for signs directing you to the gardens/greenhouse and garden parking. Directions to the main campus entrance at 9201 University City Blvd.



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