Spring is upon us! Time to get out and get moving and enjoy the beautiful blossoms. If you are looking for outdoor adventures in Charlotte, here are a few great places to go. Since I just completed a half-marathon in February, I’ve actually been training all Winter, so I scoped out the goods. Here are some of my favorite places around Charlotte to get moving. I hope you enjoy them too!
1. USNWC – The US National Whitewater Center is an amazing facility. Aside from the obvious rapids rafting, the site includes so much more. Situated on the Catawba River, USNWC features flat water sport activities, miles of trails for hiking, biking or running, zip line adventure tours, and rock wall climbing. Tons of exercise events and competitions are on the calendar for the year. They also have a great restaurant with lots of lively festivals planned for the warmer weather ahead.
2. Little Sugar Creek Greenway – This beautiful trekking path has recently been restored to be one of the most scenic areas for outdoor enjoyment in the city. Hugging the outskirts of Uptown, the creek flows for 15 miles through Mecklenburg County before spilling into the Catawba River. The revitalized greenway currently begins at 7th and Kings (with plans for future expansion) and continues along the creek through Freedom Park. Dotted with scenic overlooks, amphitheaters, green spaces and water features, this beautiful path is a place to call home for outdoor enjoyment.
3. Renaissance Park – A gem in the heart of the city, Renaissance Park is a beautiful place to run or bike. With over 7 miles of wooded trails, this challenging course offers something for anyone looking for a little adventure in nature. Trails are situated around the ball fields, and can be broken up into shorter distances for smaller or less ambitious hikers. Renaissance Park also features a public golf course as well as the Jeff Adams Tennis Center, providing a variety of activities for any outdoor enthusiast.
4. Clark’s Creek and Mallard Creek Greenways – Situated in the Northeast quadrant of the city, these greenways go on for miles. Heavily wooded and shady, the paved trails at Mallard Creek and Clark’s Creek sweep through babbling waterways all the way to UNCC. Favorite features of the trails include steel bridges and public playgrounds dotted throughout. These greenways are also a great destination for family outings, quiet gatherings or picnics.
Enjoy! I would love to hear about your favorite spots as well.