Colonel Francis Beatty Park Loop

MODERATE 78 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.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
223 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wildlife

bridge out

over grown

rocky

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.

3 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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
5 months ago

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
6 months ago

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.

backpacking
6 months ago

good morning and great day

6 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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
8 months ago

Convenient

9 months ago

Great for a Sunday walk!

walking
10 months ago

Perfect

walking
11 months ago

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

mountain biking
11 months ago

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Easy trail, nice hike with my dog JoJo, Only thing that I didn't care for (and I'm not putting anyone down) was the narrow trail and the mountain bikers. I was constantly moving to the side to allow them access. Would be a great trail for either just bikes or just hikers.

walking
Friday, May 20, 2016

Fairly easy and you'll probably run into someone every now and then. Great little eno spots and other places to hang out. Very safe. Good exercise for you, the kids, and the pets!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Great trail. It's tough sometimes because there are bikers and hikers but overall a good time.

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