What are the best parks in Charlotte?

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Blake Miller

Lucky for Charlotteans, the Queen City is chockfull of green space and parks for all types. Here’s a peek at the best in the area:

Freedom Park
This in-town park located in Dilworth is the go-to spot for most Charlotteans as it’s central to areas like SouthPark, Myers Park, and Uptown. On its 98 acres of green space, park goers can fish from the 7-acre pond, play soccer or throw a baseball on one of the four baseball and four soccer fields, or watch the kids play on the playground complete with an old train engine, which the wee ones love to play hide ‘n’ seek in. The park is also great for a stroll with its winding wooded paths, some of which lead to Little Sugar Creek Greenway.

Colonel Francis Beatty Park
One of the largest (and most popular) parks in the Queen City, this south Charlotte park boasts 265 acres that include a large lake (perfect for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking), age-appropriate playgrounds, horseshoe pits, lighted soccer fields, tennis courts, and lighted basketball courts. The real draw here, though, are the walking trails and mountain biking paths, which wind throughout the park and range from rigorous to easy.

McAlpine Creek Park
Sure, this 114-acre park has a 3-acre lake, fishing pier, 2-mile bike trail, 1.5-mile nature trail, and outdoor fitness center. The highlight of McAlpine Creek Park is its large dog park called Ray’s Fetching Meadow. The 1-acre, fenced-in area allows dogs of all sizes to run freely and play with one another in a safe environment. Check out the other dog parks in Charlotte.

Sarah Crosland

Now that the weather is finally (fingers crossed!) warming up, it's the perfect time to hit one of Charlotte's parks. Luckily, there are plenty worth visiting. For a comprehensive list, check out Mecklenburg County's Park and Rec's Parks section. But below are three top spots for soaking in some sun and checking out the scene. 

Freedom Park
One of the city's most popular parks, this 98-acre destination is tucked away in residential neighborhoods south of the city. In addition to plenty of recreation such as 12 tennis courts, a basketball court, two playgrounds, and four soccer fields, the park offers green hills perfect for picnics and lakeside paths ideal for a stroll.  

The Green
Charlotte's most urban park, this 1.5 acre uptown greenspace is bordered by museums, the convention center, and a historic Catholic church. Its location and picturesque makes it the perfect venue for events like movie screenings, festivals, and even public art. Lunchtime on warm, sunny days finds it filled with uptown workers eating tak-out on its benches and relaxing in the grass. 

Park Road Park
If you're looking for a spot around town to feel like you've left town, this is it. Located just off Park Road, south of Charlotte, this 122 acre park with an 11 acre lake feels worlds away from city life. Walk on the trails or bring a picnic to enjoy on the lake's pier. Plus, if tennis is your thing, with 12 of the best-kept courts in town Park Road Park offers one of the best spots in town to play. 

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