Visit These Less Popular Charlotte Area Parks and Nature Preserves to Keep Your Distance

One thing that has helped ease the stress of our new lifestyle has been the weather. Being able to go for walks on the regular and eat outside has been sanity saving. We are all familiar with Charlotte’s larger and popular parks; Freedom, Romare Bearden, Latta, but we are trying to keep some extra space between other park goers. A few suggestions on parks, nature preserves and green spaces that may let you stretch out a bit.

Chantilly Neighborhood Park

222 Wyanoke Avenue

Seven acres with a multipurpose field, picnic shelter with grill and walking trails.

Midwood Park

2100 Wilhelmina Ave.

Six acres with a community garden, outdoor amphitheater, field and picnic table shelter with a grill.

Big Rock Nature Preserve

6500 Elmstone Dr

Twenty-two acre preserve with giant rock formations to climb and a 4 mile creek perfect for exploring.

UNCC Botanical Gardens

9090 Craver Rd

10 acres of gardens open to the public including leashed dogs. The UNCC Botanical Gardens offers the largest diversity of plants in one location in Charlotte.

Elon Park

11401 Ardrey Kell Road

118 acre park with fishing pond, a walking trail and 2 disc golf courses if you want to try something different.

McDowell Nature Preserve

15222 South York Road

The oldest preserve in Mecklenburg County, McDowell Nature Reserve offers over 1100 acres of mostly forested terrain along the banks of Lake Wylie. There are over 7 miles of dog-friendly hiking trails too.

Venture outside of Charlotte for smaller crowds

Latta Nature Preserve

6211 Sample Road, Huntersville

Latta Nature Preserve has 16 miles of trails offering hikers, nature enthusiasts, and horseback riders the chance to explore a variety of terrain while enjoying scenic views of Mountain Island Lake, forests, and streams. Dogs are welcome on the preserve trails.

George Poston Park

1101 Lowell Spencer Mountain Road, Gastonia

Photo Credit Kam Dixon Instagram

10 miles of hiking trails, a fishing lake with a pier, dog park and 2 covered picnic shelters, there is plenty of space to social distance from others.

Anne Springs Close Greenway

2536 Lake Haigler Drive, Fort Mill

Waterfalls at Anne Springs Close Greenway | Photo Credit David Leebrick

Anne Springs Close Greenway provides 36 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding and plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities. The Greenway is currently open to the general public and Greenway members Monday – Thursday and open to members only Friday – Sunday. Now is a great time to become a member for access on the weekends, families are $10 month and individuals $5/month.

Good points to keep in mind for any park or green space you visit.