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
McDowell Nature Preserve
Want to really get away from the urban life? This preserve encompasses more than 1,000 acres of land. And beyond just trees to admire, this area has a campground, hiking trails and access to fishing.
McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Rd, Charlotte, NC, USA +1 980 314 2267
Reedy Creek Park and Nature Center
As you hike through 10 trails, you’ll find plenty of photo-worthy stops, and this nearly 1,000-acre spot makes for some great pics. Beyond just trees, budding photographers can also get shots with waterways, and ride bikes through the grounds to cover more distance.
Reed Creek Park and Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd, Charlotte, NC, USA +1 980 314 1119
U.S. National Whitewater Center