Outdoors & Adventure

Accessible Water Activities in Charlotte

Lakes, rivers, pools and splash pads in and around Charlotte provide adventure and fun for adults and children who need accessible options.

posted by Vanessa Infanzon

Your Guide to Hiking in Charlotte

The Queen City offers her own enviable trails and lush tree canopy, but sometimes you need to get out of town and really immerse yourself in nature. Here’s a look at 10 great hikes within a two-hour drive of Uptown Charlotte. (Pro Tip: Weekdays are best for less-crowded park experiences.)

posted by Virginia Brown

Best Places to Have a Picnic in the Queen City

Pack your own lunch and spread a blanket down at these area picnic points.

posted by Rosa Sprinkle

Take the Scenic Route with the CLT Trail Guide

Find inspiration and escape in the outdoors. Choose from six curated outdoor experiences in Charlotte, featuring over 22 miles of trails, dining with outdoor amenities, local businesses and attractions with the CLT Trail Guide. Try out the mobile-friendly experience as you're walking, biking or running along trails from South Charlotte all the way up to University City.

Your Guide to the Charlotte Rail Trail

Looking to enjoy an active afternoon in the QC? Take a stroll, a jog or grab a bike and get your heart rate up while enjoying some of the best spots along the Rail Trail in South End.

posted by Jessica Swannie

5 Reasons to Visit the U.S. National Whitewater Center

An Olympic training ground and a family-friendly attraction, the U.S. National Whitewater Center offers wet-and-wild fun for all.

posted by Roketa Dumas

Why Charlotte is the Mecca of Disc Golf

Charlotte is home to one of the most active and passionate disc golf communities in the country, anchored by a dense concentration of courses ranging from beginner-friendly to world championship caliber.

posted by Andy Goh

Best Places to Enjoy the Outdoors in Charlotte

Charlotte’s parks and preserves feature fun for everyone

posted by Rob Glover

6 Must-Do Charlotte Experiences

We sought unmistakably Charlotte experiences and found them in these popular locales. Here are six experiences exclusive to the Queen City.

posted by Allison Hancin