Lace up your shoes because it’s time to start walking! We’ve put together photo guides for a wide variety of places to walk and hike in Charlotte, plus a few in other parts of North Carolina.
Each of these guides contains all the logistical information that you’ll need to plan your visit.
Whether you want to get away from it all in a wilderness-like setting, immerse yourself in a garden, or explore a Charlotte neighborhood by foot, we have a guide that will get you started.
We’ll be adding to this list all the time, so keep checking back! And let us know if there’s a location you’d like us to highlight. We definitely have plans to visit more of Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation’s nature preserves. The first three items on the list below are the nature preserves that we’ve visited so far.
The state parks and waterfalls that we highlight can get crowded on the weekends, and the gates of some close once they’ve reached capacity, so if it’s possible to visit during the week, that’s a good idea. If you go on the weekend make sure to go early.
None of the other walks and hikes that we are featuring are likely to be too crowded. You should not have any problem maintaining a safe distance.
Most of the walks and hikes, especially the ones in Charlotte, are easy and are appropriate for kids.
We’ve included the guides to the Mecklenburg County Greenways that we’re putting together, because, although they are focused a little more on bicycling, they still completely apply to walking too. These are some of the most wheelchair-accessible and stroller-friendly paths.