Now that the holiday season is over, many of us are thinking about warmer weather and being able to explore the outdoors without a hundred layers on. We are #blessed to be able to have the mountains in our own backyard which means we have many trails to hike and many views to see. These are the best hiking spots near charlotte that are perfect for spring and need to be on your hiking bucket list. \nMorrow Mountain State Park \nPrice: Free\nAddress: 49104 Morrow Mountain Rd., Albemarle, NC\nWhy You Need To Go: There are more than 15 miles of trails here and they all vary in length. You can walk around the gorgeous lake and even get in on a hot day. \n View this post on Instagram huge nature girl A post shared by Kiana (@kkeeks_) on May 25, 2019 at 6:27pm PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\n\nCrowder’s Mountain State Park\nPrice: Free\nAddress: 522 Park Office Ln., Kings Mountain, NC\nWhy You Need To Go: The King Pinnacle hike will really get your blood pumping and get you sweating, but you'll pass gorgeous wildflowers and end up on the top of the mountain to see incredible views. \n View this post on Instagram It doesn’t get any higher than this🤪 A post shared by A R D E N ❦ P E G E L O W (@ardenpegelow) on Jul 8, 2018 at 4:39pm PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\n\n\nBuffalo Creek Preserve\nPrice: Free\nAddress: 7911 Malibu Rd., Mt. Pleasant, NC\nWhy You Need To Go: You'll hike through an oak savanna into a small forest with a river that flows next to you during your trek which makes for a very tranquil adventure. \n View this post on Instagram The weather just went from 95 to 55 like it saw a state trooper 🚔 🍁 A post shared by Chloe (@_chloe_1256) on Nov 11, 2019 at 1:56pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\n\n\nChimney Rock Park\nPrice: $17\nAddress: 431 Main St., Chimney Rock, NC \nWhy You Need To Go: You'll have the choice of taking a long hike to the top of this 535-million-year-old rock, or you can take a shorter route and still see the most incredible views. \n View this post on Instagram may 2020 bring possibilities as endless and beautiful as these mountain views ⛰ A post shared by Erin Meyer (@erinmeyerevv) on Jan 1, 2020 at 8:38pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\n\n\nTable Rock Mountain\nPrice: Free\nAddress: Table Rock Summit Trail, Morganton, NC \nWhy You Need To Go: If you are looking for a hike that will challenge you and make you sweat, this is the one. You'll start gaining elevation quickly, but once you get to the top, you'll never want to leave the views. \n View this post on Instagram 2 days and 20 miles of backpacking with the boys. A post shared by Ryan Reed (@driverryanreed) on Jul 26, 2019 at 3:29pm PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\n\n\nBald Eagle Trail\nPrice: Free\nAddress: 4698 Long Valley Rd., Summerfield, NC\nWhy You Need To Go: This is a hike that is great to cool you off during a hot day. The entire hike is through a wooded forest with many streams you have to cross and it is only a 3-mile loop. \n View this post on Instagram Saturdays were meant for hiking🌲 A post shared by We Out Here NC (@weoutherenc) on Mar 18, 2017 at 3:13pm PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\n\n\n Gold Hill Rail Trail \nPrice: Free\nAddress: 2439 St. Stephens Church Rd., Gold Hill, NC\nWhy You Need To Go: You'll feel like you're stepping back in time when you start on this trail. You'll hike past sights including the Powder House, Gold Hill Pond, Gold Hill Jail and Primitive Chilean Ore Mill. \n View this post on Instagram On location for @yourrowan today! My upcoming blog will highlight Gold Hill Mines Historic Park and another park here in RoCo. This hidden gem of @visitrowancountync is like stepping back in time. I’ll update when the blog goes live! #YourRowan #ItsaRoCoThing #wanderingNC #visitrowancounty #rowancountync #goldhillnc #exploreNC #exploreNCoutdoors #smalltown #historic #goldhillrailtrail #carolinathreadtrail A post shared by Ashley D. (@wandering_nc) on Mar 2, 2019 at 1:02pm PST\n\nWebsite\n\n\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.