State Parks Near Charlotte

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State Parks Near Charlotte

Morrow Mountain State Park
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If you're looking for a break from the business of city life, you're in luck! There are several state parks near Charlotte that offer all ages from kids to seniors a chance to get away.

All of these parks make for a great day trip from Charlotte - they're all 2 hours away or less. These are also excellent spots if you're looking for a nice camping destination close by, While each one has essentially the same attraction (hiking or biking trails, camping, and water), they're all worlds apart. Find out a little more about each park, and click on each one for more details.

Each distance is calculated from the center of Charlotte, so your travel time may vary.

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Crowders Mountain State Park

Crowders Mountain State Park
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522 Park Office Lane
Kings Mountain, NC 28086

Distance from Charlotte: 32 miles / 43 minutes

The landscape here offers a variety of terrain. You'll find miles of trails that wind through spectacular surroundings. It's a fantastic place for beginner or expert hikers. The rock climbing opportunities here draw people from Gaston, Mecklenburg and Lincoln counties and beyond. On a clear day, you can see the Charlotte skyline from the peak.

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Lake Norman State Park

Lake Norman State Park
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Lake Norman State Park
59 Inland Sea Lane
Troutman, NC 28166 Distance from Charlotte: 41 miles / 56 minutes

The main attraction here is of course, the largest man-made lake in the state, Lake Norman. But there are plenty of hiking and biking trails, as well as room to camp.ake Norman State

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Morrow Mountain State Park

Morrow Mountain State Park
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49104 Morrow Mountain Road
Albemarle, NC 28001
Distance from Charlotte: 49 miles / 1 hour and 15 minutes

There's plenty of recreation here. Fishing and boating are common, and there are miles of trails to cover on foot or on horseback. Cabins and camping are availablerrow Mountains State Park

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South Mountains State Park

South Mountains State Park
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South Mountains State Park
3001 South Mountain Park Avenue
Connelly Springs, NC 28612
Distance from Charlotte: 65 miles / 1 hour and 30 minutes

South Mountains State Park is deep in the woods, and a perfect place to escape from city life. The park includes hiking trails and an 80 foot waterfall. Whether you're enjoying a horseback ride or fishing, hiking or biking, it's worth a visit

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Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock State Park
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Chimney Rock State Park
431 Main St
Chimney Rock, NC 28720
Distance from Charlotte: 95 miles / 2 hours

Chimney Rock gets its name from the over 300-foot spire that stands on the southern side of the park. A small stairway was built to the summit in 1885, and it's been a tourist destination ever since. There's an elevator to the summit now, and plenty of hiking trails nearby.

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Sandhills Nature Preserve

Sandhills Nature Preserve
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Sandhills Nature Preserve
1024 Ft. Bragg Road
Southern Pines, NC 28387 98 miles / 2 hours and 15 minutes

Weymouth Woods is a 900-acre natural preserve that's a little different than most parks. The main focus of the preserve is the longleaf pine forest and the plants and animals that are a part of it. There's a museum that's open daily. There are plenty of hiking trails and even a guided tour.

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Lake James State Park

Lake James State Park
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Lake James State Park
2785 Hwy 126
Nebo, NC 28761

Distance from Charlotte: 95 miles / 1 hour and 45 minutes

Lake James is a 6,800 acre reservoir with over 150 miles of shoreline. You'll get beautiful views of the Appalachian Mountain range as you swim, sunbathe, or enjoy a picnic on the shore. You'll have options for boating, water skiing and fishing, or just relaxing with a walk around the lake or through forests nearby.

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