Summer can keep it’s sweltering days and humid nights, because Fall weather is here and there’s a reason why it’s called the South’s best season. In a city full of the new and shiny, it’s nice to know that there are still places where nature steals the show. So before you renew your Netflix subscription for the cold weather months and layer on your blanket scarves, get out there and soak up these ways to enjoy Charlotte in the Fall.
Get a bird’s eye view at Crowder’s Mountain
Talk about a reward! A hike up Crowder’s Mountain, only 40 minutes from Uptown, will give you a panoramic view of the Fall color. Try the moderate 2 mile (one-way) Pinnacle Trail all the way up to the top of the 1,705 foot King’s Pinnacle. King’s Pinnacle is the highest point in Gaston County, with the top of Crowder’s Mountain closely behind at 1,625 feet.
Take it to the lake
No, the lake’s not just for summer anymore. Take a short drive up to Latta Plantation for a history lesson and a picturesque hike along the colorful lakefront. Lake Norman is also a great place to rent a weekend getaway cabin or plan ahead for a long Thanksgiving weekend.
Stay in town at Charlotte’s “Central Park”
The brightly colored red, yellow and orange trees that line the pond at Freedom Park make a perfect backdrop for fall picnics, cookouts or just a Sunday stroll. Walk around the fountain or through the trails that are part of the Little Sugar Creek greenway to feel like you are experiencing fall in the woods without leaving the heart of the city.
Get moving along Charlotte’s greenways
Get ahead of the inevitable holiday weight gain by working it out in the beautiful weather. Charlotte has over 37 miles of developed greenway trails ready for you to explore by bike, foot or even segway. If you’re into hiking, head to the U.S. Whitewater Center to discover their 20 miles of trails and all over fall color.
Work your biceps at a Charlotte brewery
Sure, lifting a glass only works a few muscles, but they’ll be in great shape by the time winter comes around if you spend Fall sipping at one of Charlotte’s beloved breweries. Favorites like Sycamore Brewing, Unknown, Triple C Brewing and Olde Mecklenburg Brewery have spacious patios, perfect for taking in a local brew and a breath of crisp fall air. Can’t decide which brewery to head to? Get your heart rate up on the Trolley Pub, where you’ll pedal your way to new favorites throughout the tour.
Check items off of your #basic Fall bucket list
Attention haters: there is no shame in visiting a pumpkin patch, u-pick apple orchard or unnaturally huge sunflower field and posting pictures of you in a blanket scarf. You only have a few weeks, so I say take full advantage. Luckily, Charlotte has plenty of #nofilterneeded photo opps at local pumpkin patches like Hunter Family Farm, Wise Acres Organic Farms, Carrigan Farms, Hodges Farm and more. More of an apple lover? Head down to Windy Hill orchard, where you can pick your own apples and sip on their very own hard apple cider.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of #DesignCharlotte. The opinions and text are all mine.