October 16th, 2017

Hiking Trails and Getaways Around Charlotte

As the leaves fall and the weather cools, take advantage of the natural beauty around you and spend a day on one of the hiking trails near Charlotte.

Charlotte is placed perfectly around the foothills of North Carolina close enough to spend the day for a quick visit or plan a weekend getaway. Here is a list of hiking trails close to Charlotte:

  1. Reedy Creek Park, Charlotte NC – Reedy Creek Park is a 146 acre park on Rocky River Road in Charlotte. The park features a dog park, lakeside meadow, community garden and a fishing pier alongside 10 miles of hiking trails. Not a hiking fan? Play a game on the basketball, softball, soccer, cricket and volleyball courts and fields.
  2. Lake Norman State Park, Troutman NC – Sitting on the largest manmade lake in the state, Lake Norman, this state park boasts its own 33 acre lake where fishing and boating are enjoyed by guests. There are also hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, interpretive programs and campgrounds.
  3. George Poston Park, Gastonia NC – With 7 miles of hiking and nature trails, a fishing lake, playgrounds and dog park, this park in Gastonia is filled with fun for the whole family. There is also four lighted softball fields, soccer fields and volleyball courts.
  4. McDowell Nature Center and Preserve, Charlotte NC – McDowell Nature Preserve sits along the banks of Lake Wylie and offers a nature center, campgrounds and its own island. McDowell Campgrounds offers 56 campsites and Copperhead Island is a 20 acre island with hiking trails, group camping, fishing access and more. Reserve the entire island or just the main shelter!
  5. Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill SC – This 2,100 acre nature preserve in Fort Mill is dedicated to the public to serve as a natural buffer from urban development and a place for countless activities. Guests can enjoy a range of things to do from hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding to picnics, kayaking and more.
  6. Crowders Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain NC – Take advantage of these challenging hikes, towering cliffs and 25-mile views of the nearby piedmont. Eleven trails, a nine-acre lake and backcountry camping can be found at Crowders.
  7. Andrew Jackson State Park, Lancaster SC – This presidential home place offers natural beauty combined with state and national history. Revolutionary artifacts and artifacts related to President Andrew Jackson can be found at the on-site park museum. Endangered wildflowers grow around the hiking trails and beaches. The list of things to do is endless with beaches, waterfalls, golf, hiking trails, wildlife exhibits, artifact museums and more!
  8. Kings Mountain State Park, Blacksburg SC – There are miles of forested trails, two fishing lakes, a national Revolutionary War site, campgrounds, equestrian facilities and more that offer access to constant fun and adventure at Kings Mountain State Park.