It's safe to say that Charlotte is one of the busiest cities in North Carolina. Visitors from all over come to join the booming workforce, compete in 5K races and even just to explore this growing city. To get out of the business of Charlotte, you should get outside and take a hike, literally. These seven trails in Charlotte are sure to give you a different experience of the city. 

McAlpine Creek and Campbell Creek Greenway

Price: Free

Address: 116 Margaret Wallace Rd., Charlotte, NC

Why You Need To Go: If you're a fan of wildlife, this is the trail you want to go on. There have been over 180 species of birds documented on this trail and you might be able to see a few beavers and otters as well. 


RibbonWalk Nature Preserve

Price: Free

Address: 5017 Hoyt Hinson Rd., Charlotte, NC

Why You Need To Go: This three-mile hike is secluded in an urban area, so you would never expect it, which means it's not very trafficked. You'll hike through a hardwood forest full of unique plants and you might even see a few butterflies. 


Lake Norman State Park, Lake Shore Trail

Price: Free

Address: 759 State Park Rd., Troutman, NC

Why You Need To Go: This 5.7-mile hike is very well marked and highly rated among visitors. You'll get beautiful views of the lake throughout your hike which makes for a relaxing adventure. 


South Fork River Trail

Price: Free

Address: 119 Willow Dr., McAdenville, NC 

Why You Need To Go: This hike is about four miles long and follows a river, so you'll have the sound of rushing water while you hike. It's relatively flat, so you won't be struggling with elevation changes. 


Bakers Mountain Park

Price: Free

Address: 6680 Bakers Mountain Rd., Hickory, NC

Why You Need To Go: You'll get incredible views on the top of the highest point in Catawba County after hiking on one of the six hiking trails at the park. 


Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area

Price: Free

Address: 3451 Rocky Face Church Rd., Hiddenite, NC

Why You Need To Go: Other than having spectacular views because it sits 600 feet above sea-level, you can hike through an old prison camp (inmate housing area) that is only a mile long. 


Evergreen Nature Preserve 

Price: Free

Address: 1336 Norland Rd., Charlotte, NC 

Why You Need To Go: This loop trail is only 1.8 miles round trip and a great beginner trail. If you are looking for somewhere to explore the outdoors while visiting the Charlotte area, this is the spot. Not to mention, it's right next to a cemetery. 


 

 

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