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Hiking In/Near Charlotte

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Hiking In/Near Charlotte

We are heading to Charlotte next week for a few days and would like to walk and hike one morning. Are there any scenic and moderate trails that you would recommend within a 30 minute drive from the South Park area?

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1. Re: Hiking In/Near Charlotte

McDowell Nature Preserve would probably be about a 30 minute drive, depending on what part of Southpark you're in. It has numerous moderate trails, some leading out by Lake Wylie. You can get to it by taking Woodlawn or Tyvola out to South Tryon and heading south on S Tryon.

McAlpine Park would probably also within 20-30 min drive, but it's not very scenic imo.

There's also Freedom Park and Park Road Park within 10 minutes of Southpark area that have trails you can walk around, but these parks are geared more for recreational activities than scenic walks. But if you're pinched for time and just want to take a walk for some exercise and don't mind kids and games going on around you, I'd take Freedom Park over Park Rd Park. Park Rd Park is kind of bleah.

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2. Re: Hiking In/Near Charlotte

^Thanks! I'll check out these suggestions.

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My favorite place to hike in the Charlotte area is Latta Preserve in the northern part of the county on Mountain Island Lake. They have many miles of beautiful trails - including an Audubon Trail that quite easy and lovely. here's a link:

http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Inside+the+Department/Divisions/Stewardship+Services/Nature+Preserves/Latta.htm ( free)

South of Charlotte ( but very close) is the Anne Springs Close Greenway - wonderful place!

www.leroysprings.com/default.asp… ( small admission)

About half an hour west is Crowder's Mountain State Park - has beautiful trails from easy to strenuous:

http://www.crowdersmountain.com/ ( free)

A Historic trail worth the 45 minute drive is Kings' Mountain National Military Park:

http://www.nps.gov/kimo/index.htm (free)

The trail at McDowell mentioned above is also nice - there is an admission.

The U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte ( near the airport) has hiking/biking trails and a nice channel trail around the rapids. There is a $5.00 parking charge but no admission:

http://www.usnwc.org/

Finally - Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden just across the river from Charlotte. They have a wooded hiking trail adjacent to the garden and of course, the garden proper which is beautiful for walking:

http://www.dsbg.org/ ( admission)

Best wishes.

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4. Re: Hiking In/Near Charlotte

Wow! Great info.

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5. Re: Hiking In/Near Charlotte

Definitely Crowders Mountain & Latta Plantation. Also, in SC, just outside Charlotte there is Andrew Jackson Park - little mini-museum + several trails..

websites: www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/crmo/main.php

http://www.trails.com/city-trails.aspx?keyword=Fort+Mill&state=SC

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6. Re: Hiking In/Near Charlotte

A little farther away is my favorite, Morrow Mountain.

www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/momo/main.php

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7. Re: Hiking In/Near Charlotte

I'll second all Bud's suggestions. I especially like Crowders Mountain and Kings Mountain; you feel like you're hundreds of miles away from Piedmont NC.

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