8 Instagrammable Forests Everyone Must Visit in Charlotte, NC

Lake shot at Freedom Park in Charlotte, NC
Lake shot at Freedom Park in Charlotte, NC | © cheriejoyful / Flickr
Photo of Shawndra Russell
8 February 2018

Charlotte leadership hasn’t been shy about sharing their commitment to becoming a city known for its trees and urban forests. In fact, by 2050 the city wants to have 50% canopy. To reach this lofty goal, the city aims to increase tree acreage by 5% each year and has a TreesCharlotte nonprofit helping lead the charge. All this means Charlotte has tons of Instagrammable forests within city limits and on its outskirts.

Evergreen Nature Preserve

This 77-acre preserve gives birdwatchers plenty of opportunities to see a diversity of birds that flock to its floodplain status. Charlotte urbanites appreciate its proximity to the city and the opportunities it provides for catching wildlife in action, especially during the migratory season.

Evergreen Nature Preserve, 1300 Tarrington Avenue Charlotte, NC, USA+1 704 598 8857

Latta Plantation Nature Preserve

This huge area has way more than just trees as lots of people come here to visit the Carolina Raptor Center. But beyond the birds, the Latta Plantation has tons of trees to photograph across its nearly 1,500 acres. Be ready to encounter lots of pretty flowers and other wildlife, too.

Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, 6211 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC, USA +1 704 875 1391

Crowders Mountain State Park

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North Carolina is divided into three parts – the mountains, the coast and the Piedmont. To gain 25-mile views of the Charlotte area, head to Crowders Mountain State Park and its 11 trails. During your hike, you’ll find a variety of trees to snap, such as Virginia pine, American chestnut and red maple.

U.S. National Whitewater Center

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Running the rapids at the US National Whitewater Center | © Jeremy Thompson / Flickr
When you go to the best zip-lining place near Charlotte, epic photos are a guarantee, and the U.S. National Whitewater Center has the best zip-lining close to Charlotte. Even if you don’t soar through the trees, the center has tons of hiking trails and photo-worthy places to hang out.

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