Colonel Francis Beatty Park Loop

MODERATE 130 reviews

Colonel Francis Beatty Park Loop is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Charlotte, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.3 miles
223 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


bird watching



partially paved



bridge out

over grown


Singletrack loop with little, if any, elevation gain. Mildy technical, but all levels of experience can have a great time. It can be rooty at times, but fun walking or mountain biking at speed.

trail running
2 months ago

Solid trails. They have lots of rocks and roots so be aware as you run. Make sure to follow marked signs (running opposite of the MTB loops) for the safest experience. Everyone I've ever passed/been passed by has been courteous and friendly.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Please follow directional signs. All persons on foot Clockwise only! All dogs on leash only! All bikers counter-clockwise only! If using earbuds please leave one ear open so people can call out as they approach you. Simple rules to keep everyone safe.

4 months ago

Great trail for close in to Charlotte. Did the full 4 miles plus, but can be confusing when you get into the back and forth of the biking trails . There are signs to remind hikers to walk in the opposite direction of bikers, but most ignore. Terrain is all natural and very rooty, but level and fairly easy to navigate. Wish the trails were marked better and more often. Every time we have been we have encountered lost parties and tried to help them find their way.

4 months ago

mountain bikers make it he'll for walkers

4 months ago

beautiful easy relaxing trail in pure nature with a creek and kmlaje views. mountain bikes share this trail and its impossible to relax. not for enjoyment for those who walk.

trail running
5 months ago

Used to be a great trail but with heavy rain this year getting to be too Rooty and Rocky. Be careful and if you have ankle sleeves/support wear it. Also, the trail is really only marked for the sight of mtn. Bikers. If you are running the opposite direction as instructed you can’t see the trail markers because they are on the opposite side of the trees. However, it’s nice because there are so few running trails in Charlotte.

mountain biking
7 months ago

This is a review (for the most part) of the green loop/section only. The green section/loop is the easiest part of this trail and is great for a family ride with kids eight years and older. It’s also the longest section of the trail.

This is one of the prettiest trails in the Charlotte MSA in my opinion. My family and I have ridden it at least a hundred times. The lake, ringed with thick forest, is postcard picturesque in the spring, summer, and fall. The trail is shared by both walkers and mountain bikers, although there are more walkers than mountain bikers for the most part. The trail has really nice flow, including some cool bridges and technical areas to ride over, including some fun drop-offs, jumps, balance beams, and shallow burns that prove easy enough for our ten year old to handle. This is, however, a rooty trail, and can be quite jarring at times. But for us, that’s what makes it fun! And last but not least, this trail is very well maintained and well designed in my opinion. Kudus to the Tarheel Trailblazers for doing such a good job.

The only concerns I would tell newcomers to be aware of are:
1) This trail is not well marked in certain places, and can be confusing if you are not familiar with it. But as long as you have your smart phone with you, loaded up with a good trail app (like Alltrails) you won’t have any problem.
2) Watch out for copperheads in the fall. During this time of year they come out to sun themselves on the warm dirt trails. They blend in very well with their surroundings and can be hard to see.
3) The black and blue sections of this trail are insainly rooty. Too rooty to make it fun in my opionion. And definatly too rooty to get good flow. But each to his own. Some folks like super rooty tails. Just my opinion that's all.

mountain biking
8 months ago

I just got back into the saddle for mountain biking so its been a llllllooooonnngg time since I have rode. but I will say that this trail definitely has some challenge. but at the same time it has places for you to catch your breath.

I am a fat boy now,,, but as soon as I lose some weight I beleive the trail will be way more enjoyable.

9 months ago

good trail for beginners looking to build technical skills and fun fast intermediate ride.

10 months ago

Well-maintained trails thanks to volunteers. Little easy to get turned around at the Forks and find yourself making against the flow. Nice mix of cruising trails and some technical pieces.

trail running
10 months ago

The path being maintained now is different than the one shown here, so while you can still find the old path, it would be better to attempt to follow a more recent recording. And even then it's so easy to get off track that trail running was ridiculous, always stopping to see if I'm still going the right way.

10 months ago

One of my favorite places to hike in Charlotte. You have to watch out for mountain bikers, but they have signs that encourage the walkers to go one way and then bikers opposite direction so you can see them coming. And if it’s getting too long, lots of switchbacks that you can cut across.

trail running
11 months ago

Great trail to run, very technical so be ready for a challenge. Just make sure to run/hike the opposite direction of the bikers and you shouldn't have any issue seeing each other. Taking all of the black diamond bike routes should put out a distance just over 4 miles.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

It's a great hike. Very peaceful, but if it wasn't for this AllTrails app I would still be wondering around. The trails are not marked well at all. More than half the time I was trying to figure out which way to go because all of a sudden there would be a split in the trail and I wasn't sure which trail to take. I took the wrong one and ended up lost but found my way to the road which I took back to find my car. The trails need to be clearly marked every 30 or so feet. Both biking and walking trails.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Good 3-4 mile hike! Trails are very confusing at first but definitely a workout!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Trail markers aren't very good and it's easy to get off the trail. Well maintained nice park but there are lots of side trails to get you lost

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Surprisingly diverse terrain this close to the city, but be prepared to encounter lots of mountain bikes...nerve-wracking if you are walking with young kids.

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

This is a great trail. Whether you're running, walking or mountain biking, it has something for everyone. Considering it's location, it's surprisingly lightly traveled. No views on this one, just good trails --especially for trail running or MTB.

mountain biking
Friday, July 14, 2017

Good mountain biking trails for any level mountain biker. There are three difficulties for the trails so it is also easy to pick the appropriate trail. The trails are full of free roots, so do not expect a gingerly coast once you get into the trail.

Friday, July 07, 2017

good morning and great day

Monday, June 26, 2017

Beautiful place to enjoy a whole day. Very nice trails, good for power walking, trail running mountain biking. Just have to be careful of bikers if you're walking. only giving it 4 stars because the trail was pretty hard to follow at intersections. Had to just wing it and look back on here to see if I was on track.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

This is one of Charlottes nicest parks with well marked trails. I hike here periodically and love the atmosphere. It's a loop trail around the lake and throughout various wooded areas in the park. It crosses various asphalt roads within the park and lets out near the bathrooms and playground area. A nice place for just about anybody and any activity. Mountain biking is allowed on the trails also. Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation does a great job of maintaining the park. Every now and then I see a wedding party taking photos near the lake, as it is very scenic. This is a staple for the neighborhood regulars. Go Outside And Play !

trail running
Saturday, April 29, 2017


Sunday, April 02, 2017

Great for a Sunday walk!

Monday, February 20, 2017


Sunday, January 29, 2017

We love this park. The lake is nice and paved paths are good for skateboarding and scooters when walking with the kids!

mountain biking
Monday, January 23, 2017

Fun trails for bikers of all skill levels. During peak times you do have to watch out for people walking the trails, as well as fellow bikers. The expert trail can get rooty at parts and has a few wooden obstacles for those looking for a bit more excitement. Beautiful pond in the center of the park with an area for weddings that is right on the water.
Soccer fields have been undergoing maintenance as of late but are a nice area to go when wanting seclusion. All in all, this has been my happy place and I will continue to go!

Saturday, January 07, 2017

little bit confusing but nice trail.

mountain biking
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Great MTB track. A little bit tough as very rooty, but excellent for training. Get assured about direction of trail as sometimes it could be challenging.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

It was an easy trail to hike but very poorly marked. It was difficult to stay on course without resorting to navigation.

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