Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

Great walk in the woods. Easy to traverse for little ones. Plenty to see. Heavily wooded, lots of poison ivy— my suggestion is pants and some bug repellent. From parking and around the outermost loop is 2.5 miles.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice warm-up trails to get day started or to wind the day down.

I have began recording each of the trails in McDowell park with some basic comments.

Very heavily forested area with lots of sun cover, lots of insects, so many different types of plants and fungi. Definitely recommend this place to anyone who is passing through the area and has a few hours to stop in for a quick hike.

Great trail , has a nice flow.

Nice area with more trails than the loop shown here. All in there are about 8 miles of wooded hiking/walking trails, as well as a small interpretive center that even loans fishing poles for free. Most of the trails appear pretty well marked, though a couple of trail junctions were at parking areas so you have to look around a bit.

nice 1mile loop in an urban city, feels like the forest.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Rode the trail today and part of Clark’s Creek. Both are very nice for a relaxing causal ride.

mountain biking
1 month 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.

hiking
2 months ago

A simple loop around the pond. Urban crowded park.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail. Dominated by mtb

Urban Park. Stroll in the woods. Adjacent is a disc golf course.

trail running
2 months ago

Great endurance trail for running in the shade on a scorching hot day. Also a tremendous leg workout with all of the drop offs downhill when your legs are fatigued.

trail running
2 months ago

Good trail only reason I am giving 4 stars is the back section by the lake is not that well marked. Got lost trying to figure out the trail back there. Just needs more markings or signs. Fast trail not much traffic at least when I was there.

Fun fast intermediate trail, and good challenging beginner trail. Great ride without having to travel to the mountains.

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

mountain biking
2 months ago

Excellent trail. Several options mid trail as well as dozens of jumps. Highly recommended!

Pretty and very well-maintained. It can get somewhat crowded on pretty days.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Good Hike was great with The Family

trail running
3 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.

Very easy which is why I can’t bring myself to call what we did hiking. Not much to see along the way. Very poorly marked. Great for beginners, small kids but don’t expect to be wowed.

Nice greenway rolling hill stretch through the wooded neighborhood.

walking
3 months ago

Had a great time. A little more for MTB but still a good workout.

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
3 months ago

Not the greatest/most scenic trail in the area but never that busy and always plenty of parking. A lot of room to run and great when you don’t want to have to drive far or battle Uptown traffic.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Great trial with optional loops like the rollercoaster and lake loops.

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.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Good track to ride only during light traffic times. Sunday’s have heavy walking traffic.

on Charlotte Trails

hiking
4 months ago

Everything has been burned down so not pretty at all. Stay on rocks there is not a loop as shown. Will not go back.

Nice trails. Mid week few people on trails. Was very relaxing and will definitely stop by again

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