No matter how long you’ve been a hiker in Charlotte, there always seems to be another trail you haven’t yet tried. The 10 miles of trail at Reedy Creek Park stay well covered in a dense canopy of trees. At Latta Plantation, hikers share views of Mountain Island Lake with horseback riders. And down south, in Fort Mill, S.C, Anne Close Springs Greenway provides 12 miles of trails crossing streams and rounding small lakes.
Several more area-favorite hikes are reachable with a little more driving. Still a very reasonable daytrip, these treks offer rewarding views, waterfalls, and adventurous routes well worth the extra time. The spine of the trail system at South Mountain State Park is an old Civilian Conservation Road. Several smaller trails connect, directly or indirectly, to the CCC trail, linking sharp climbs, stout bridges, and a stunning waterfall. Pilot Mountain and Hanging Rock are both part of the ancient Saurtown Mountain range. Both Stone Mountain and Doughton are within two hours to the northeast of Charlotte.