Charlotte City Guide

2018

Charlotte, NC Official Visitors Guide

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52 Charlotte City Guide 2018 changes and excellent views. Just across the South Carolina state line, Kings Mountain State Park is steeped in history; it was the spot of an eponymous American victory during the Revolutionary War. Crowders Mountain State Park is a popular destination, too, with trails that lead to companion peaks. southcarolinaparks.com; ncparks.gov Go for the Green More than 35 miles of developed greenways crisscross the city. One of the most popular is Little Sugar Creek Greenway, which links Cordelia Park just north of Uptown, with Charlotte destinations such as Central Piedmont Community College and Huntingtowne Farms Park to the south. Another is McAlpine Creek Greenway in Southeast Charlotte. Visitors to the city's first greenway, built in 1978, can spot river otter, beaver and mink—plus native Larkspur, a rare purple wildflower that blooms in spring. mecknc.gov With its urban tree canopy covering 46 percent of the city and counting, this city of green greets its guests with lush landscapes and even whitewater rapids. No matter your tastes, sky- high possibilities beckon you to come play. Adventure on Land and Water With the world's largest man-made whitewater river, first permanent deepwater solo complex and 1,300 acres of woodlands, the U.S. National Whitewater Center has thrilled its visitors for more than a decade. Choose from whitewater raing and kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, zip lines and a canopy tour. And don't worry if you're not a pro. ere's plenty here for all skill levels. usnwc.org Take a Break at a Lake Just north of Charlotte on Interstate 77, Lake Norman has more than 500 miles of shoreline. Catch the big one with Fishin' With Gus!, rent equipment from My Aloha Paddle & Surf or savor a sunset dinner cruise aboard the Catawba Queen. Southwest of the city, Lake Wylie stretches from North Carolina into South Carolina and is popular among anglers. Or opt to rent a pontoon from Lake Wylie Boat Rental. fishingwithgus.com; standuplkn.com; queenslanding.com; lakewylieboatrental.com Climb a Mountain Elevation-seekers have two great mountains to choose from—both with exhilarating elevation See How our Gardens Grow e University of North Carolina at Charlotte's Botanical Gardens, free to the public, include more than 10 acres of outdoor gardens and a 4,500-square-foot glass house. In the NoDa Arts District, McGill Rose Garden started out of a desire to beautify an industrial area. Today, the hidden gem has more than 500 rose bushes. Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary, in the heart of Myers Park, is a historic home turned aviary. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in nearby Belmont has hundreds of rolling acres, plus a spectacular orchid conservatory. gardens.uncc.edu; dsbg.org; mcgillgarden.com; winghavengardens.org Be Well Preserved Charlotte and surrounding Mecklenburg County contain 200-plus parks and nature preserves. Head to Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve, where you can walk more than 10 miles of trails— including passing the ruins of an original 1700s homestead—and learn about local wildlife. 10 CAN'T-MISS OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES By Aleigh Acerni 1 g reen SEEING

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