Nature Adventures

This page lists nature parks, botanical gardens, environmental centers, and other places where kids can study and enjoy nature in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.
Kids Charlotte: Nature Adventures - Fun 4 Charlotte Kids
Briar Creek Greenway - Arnold Drive to Masonic Drive

A 0.42 mile paved section includes a bridge over Briar Creek and provides an important pedestrian linkage between the Merry Oaks and Plaza-Midwood nei ...

1812 Masonic Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28205
Campbell Creek and McAlpine Creek Greenways

Campbell Creek Greenway runs along a headwater tributary to McAlpine Creek between Margaret Wallace Road and Harris Boulevard. Parking is available of ...

Area: South
Campbell Creek Greenway-E & McAlpine Creek Greenway-E, Charlotte, NC, 28227
Carolina Thread Trail

The Carolina Thread Trail (Thread Trail) is a regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties, 2 states and 2.3 million pe ...

105 W. Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202
Crowders Mountain State Park

Raptors soar gracefully in the wind; vegetation reaches to the sky; sheer vertical cliffs drop 150 feet. Enjoy the spectacle from a front-row seat. Hi ...

Area: West
Crowders Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain,, NC, 28086
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is the Carolinas’ Garden for All Seasons. Spectacular gardens, sparkling fountains, a conservatory dedicated to the disp ...

Area: West
6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont, NC, 28012
DuPont State Recreational Forest

DuPont State Recreational Forest is the home of more than 10,000 acres of forest, trails, and waterfalls between Hendersonville and Brevard, North Car ...

1300 Staton Road, Cedar Mountain, NC, 28718
Four Mile Creek Greenway Hiking

This horseshoe shaped greenway runs 5.8 miles through south Charlotte and passes under Interstate 485. The trail is composed of a variety of surface ...

5803 Bevington Place, Charlotte, NC, 28277
Historic Rosedale Plantation Gardens

The garden at this plantation depicts the type of garden popular before it became fashionable for gardens to bloom all year. The main walks are border ...

Area: North
3427 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, 28206
Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways

These two creeks are prominent north and west of Charlotte, through the uptown Charlotte area where they merge and continue as Irwin Creek. Irwin Cre ...

215 North Sycamore Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202
Jockey's Ridge State Park

JOCKEY'S RIDGE is the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States. Located in Nags Head, it is one of the most significant landmarks ...

Area: East
Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head, NC
Lake Norman State Park

At Lake Norman State Park, fun is just a matter of scale. On one hand, there's the largest manmade lake in the state, Lake Norman. When filled to capa ...

Area: North
159 Inland Sea Lane, Statesville, NC, 28677
Latta Plantation Nature Center and Preserve

Latta Plantation Nature Center features live, native animals, a discovery hall, an outdoor amphitheater, and a gift shop. Outside, visitors can stop a ...

Area: North
6211 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC, 28078

Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a charming "treasure hunt" style outdoor quest. A wid ...

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

This section of Little Sugar Creek Greenway provides connectivity between 12th Street/Alexander Street Park andCordelia Park. Cordelia Park contains a ...

Mallard Creek and Clark's Creek Greenways

This is our longest greenway, stretching more than 7 miles. It is used by joggers, walkers, bicyclists, rollerbladers, baby strollers, and skateboarde ...

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve Fishing and Boating

McDowell Nature Center serves as the gateway to the 1107- acre McDowell Nature Preserve and is the source for educational programs and information on ...

Area: South
15222 York Road, Charlotte, NC, 28278
McGill Rose Garden

The McGill Rose Garden is a living work of art, nestled in an intimate urban setting that links First Ward’s Garden District and NoDa, North Davidson’ ...

940 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC, 28206
McMullen Creek Greenway

This horseshoe shaped greenway runs 5.8 miles through south Charlotte and passes under Interstate 485. The trail is composed of a variety of surface ...

Area: South
8135 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC, 28226
Reedy Creek Park

146 acre park Lakeside Meadow Basketball court 2 softball fields Soccer field Cricket field 2 horseshoe pits 4 volleyball courts Community gar ...

Free: Yes
Area: North
2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC
Restrooms: YES
Six Mile Creek Greenway

One of Mecklenburg County's newest greenways, this trail parallels the County's southern border and will provide linkages to many neighborhoods within ...

17820 Marvin Road, Charlotte, NC, 28277
South Prong Rocky River Greenway

This 2.8 mile greenway connects downtown Davidson with neighborhoods to the southeast along the South Prong of the Rocky River. Although part of the ...

The Ruth G. Shaw Trail on Toby Creek Greenway

The greenway winds through a floodplain forest, under a canopy of mature Sugarberry, Box Elder, Tulip Poplar and Sycamore trees. Many species of butt ...

Area: North
210 East Mallard Creek Church Road, Charlotte, NC, 28262
Thrifty Adventures

Your next adventure starts here! Get Outside! Explore your world!! Thrifty Adventures was founded by and named after Scott and Christy Thrift in 2011 ...

Area: Mobile
1173 Whitson Branch Rd, Bakersville, NC, 28705
Torrence Creek Greenway

Torrence Creek Greenway runs 1.4 miles through woods and behind neighborhoods off Gilead Road in Huntersville. The western section of the greenway run ...

13121 Bradford Hill Lane, Charlotte, NC, 28078
U.S National Whitewater Center

With more than 24 activities, the USNWC creates an outdoor playground for all ages. Activities that include whitewater rafting and kayaking, flatwater ...

5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC, 28214
Restrooms: Yes
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

Enjoy over 10-acres of beautiful flowers and foliage at the UNCC Botanical Gardens. Divided into three sections, the McMillan Greenhouse complex, the ...

Area: North
9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC, 28223
Visit the UNCC Botanical Gardens

UNCC Botanical Gardens include two outdoor gardens to explore, and a greenhouse. Kids love the butterfly terrace, Asian Garden, bridges and ponds with ...

Free: Yes
Area: North
9090 Craver Rd., Charlotte, NC
Walker Branch Greenway

Tucked away beside RiverGate shopping center, this 0.48 mile of greenway is small but significant. This greenway is the first greenway constructed in ...

West Branch Rocky River Greenway

West Branch Rocky River Greenway will combine with the existing Southeast Greenway, linking several residential communities to Davidson Elementary Sch ...