Explore the most popular Lake trails near Charlotte with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

running
muddy
4 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Solid easy trail for biking

hiking
muddy
15 days ago

Nice hidden gem of a trail. Markings are somewhat sparse and there are many switchbacks through the trees. Several have been cut, so it can be daunting at times to tell exactly the right way to go. Good trail for those starting back into hiking after a hiatus due to the low elevation changes. My wife and I enjoyed it.

Good trial. A lot of trees so if you are looking for sun that won’t be probably the best option. Easy to follow with the app, keep in mi d it could be a bit muddy if rain was there even few days before, but great to spend half a day outside !

Decent hike that’s not far from Charlotte that wasn’t too crowded.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Very pretty trail. Few miles of the hike are waterfront. Clearly marked.

hiking
closed
1 month ago

I should have checked the website first. All trails closed due to conditions.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

This was a great trail not too far from home. Rooster’s and other wild life you will see. Great quick trip.

hiking
1 month ago

We accidentally followed this trail when hiking Cove, Cedar and Chestnut because of the poor trailhead markers. It was fine though and we enjoyed this part of the hike quite a bit.

This is a fairly easy trail located in the heart of Matthews, NC, just outside of Charlotte. Trail is heavily traveled by local residents and town visitors alike. This is a mainly dirt trail but there are a few areas near public facilities that are asphalt or concrete. This is a “Full Service”‘ Mecklenburg County Park that gets a little assistance from the local volunteer Trailblazers organization, who maintains the mountain bike loops. This trek isn’t marked very well so pay attention while hiking ... or your little hike will end up being a big hike. There’s over 265 acres of land so plenty of opportunities for recreation. Trails are maintained very well and lake views are plentiful. Restrooms are immaculate and staff members are visible on occasion. Plenty of parking available even on weekends. Portions of the trail borders several local private communities, so you don’t get the feeling you’re “in the woods”. This is a well equipped park for all types of family activities and easily accessible. Good intermediate hike for beginners. Hike On !

There are no less than 24 trails here at the US National Whitewater Center. I completed approximately 12 miles of the hiking trails, looping in and out of separate treks. I would suggest you download the map prior to heading out ... there’s over 45 miles of trail to explore. Trails aren’t marked as well as they could be, so be conscious when out exploring. Trails are “common” so you will see mountain bikers, pets, hikers and trail runners using the same trails. I always make an effort to travel towards bikers so I can quickly navigate an escape. Be courteous and just move to the right, your efforts will be appreciated. I always enjoy water views so I made it a point to explore the Lake Trail outlining the Catawba River. The trails are challenging and rated moderate to difficult and you’ll feel the burn when you’re done. This place is Adventure Wonderland, everything from mountain biking, rock climbing, zip line, kayaking and also new this year ... an ice skating rink! Love it here, definitely my favorite place to explore all four seasons. There’s a $6 entrance fee and parking is plentiful ... even on busy weekends. If you live in or near the Charlotte area and like adventure, consider their annual membership pass ... it’ll save you some cash. I paused this trail recording several times to capture some images, so the stats may be a little off. Great, Fun Day overall !!!

I am lucky enough to live very close to this trail and get to run it with my master (mom) a lot. It’s especially great in the warm weather since it is mostly shaded. Only problem is mountain bikers can sometimes ride a little fast and don’t always yield to runners/hikers so be careful.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful short loop. Several large Poplars, American Beech and a couple of varieties of Oak.

Nice park for short walks in nature. I hiked every trail in the park and this one was the prettiest and most interesting. If you're making a trip here, keep in mind you won't find any "deep nature" here what I mean is there are a lot of trails around a mile or so long but you can almost always hear traffic from highways or be close to one of the many parking lots.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful fall leaves. We enjoyed Kingfisher trail to Shady Hollow trail up to the Nature Center and then Chestnut trail back to the campgrounds.

Actual trail does not match All Trails records, which was disconcerting, but not an issue. It looks like parts of the trails were closed by brush or downed trees.

mountain biking
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

Nice and easy!!

walking
4 months ago

Honestly, it was a good trail to get outside but nothing spectacular. I don’t want t to sound like it’s not worthy because it’s special in its own way but definitely not one of my favorites. Although, the playground looks BOMB.

The trail I walked was freedom park. i couldn't quite pin point the location of this actual trail. Freedom Park was good however.

Good work out close to home that is mostly shaded. Trails aren’t marked great so it’s easy to get sidetracked on a smaller loop, but always find my way back to my car using this app. Dog friendly!

Excellent variety of trails, beware of bikers though! Did North and south loops, of note was the “toilet bowl” side loop in the south loop- recommend!

Visited in Sept. 2019. Parking is a reasonable $6 for all day (it’s a nonprofit org. that supports & trains our national whitewater athletes so don’t be so chintzy). $30 to rent one of their bikes or BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike) for free. Only $59 for an adult day pass for all activities (zip lines, climbing walls, rope courses, whitewater rafting, flat & whitewater kayaking & front suspension bike- full suspension bikes are an extra upgrade). Over 40 miles of hiking/ biking trails from easy to advanced. I did a few of the easy trails (Lake Loop, Jack rabbit, Carolina Thread) and two of the intermediate trails (North Main & Academy). I completed the North Main cautiously but the Academy trail was (for me) a little too steep, leaf-covered with root-filled switchbacks and drops and I had to walk my bike on several stretches. I’m fairly new to mountain biking so your results may vary. I went mid week and it wasn’t very crowded on the trails. The trails are well shaded.

hiking
5 months ago

Good, shady hike. I combined several trails to make a loop.

mountain biking
5 months ago

South main, slalom, lake, and parkway all in one

hiking
bugs
off trail
rocky
5 months ago

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