June 3rd is National Trails Day, where the country celebrates all the paths in the great outdoors. In and around the Queen City, there's a variety of trails for both the casual walker and the experienced adventurer. If nothing else, it's an excuse to get out and get some exercise in the open air. Here's a few cool (and relatively close) trails that could be perfect for everyone!
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Little Sugar Creek Greenway
This one is literally in our backyard for those who want to stay in Charlotte. One minute, you’re staring at the Charlotte skyline and the next, you’re by a stream in a wooded wonderland.
Address: All across Charlotte! Park near 1116 Metropolitan Avenue or 1421 East Morehead Street.
Crowders Mountain State Park
This spot in Gaston County houses 11 trails throughout the state park, ranging in difficulty from easy to strenuous. It’s about a 30-minute drive from Uptown Charlotte, and if you hike to the top, it’s a great way to get a good insta-worthy photo as well.
Address: 522 Park Office Ln.
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
Latta Plantation Nature Center and Preserve
Looking for something a little longer? There’s 16 miles of hiking trails within this preserve, where you may run into some horseback riders as well. These range from mostly easy to moderate.
Address: 6211 Sample Rd.
Huntersville, NC 28078
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Sixteen different trails wind around the Whitewater Center, ranging from novice to advanced trails. Not to mention, it’s conveniently close to Charlotte so spending a morning here and an afternoon at home is completely doable.
Address: 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
Charlotte, NC 28214