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Mecklenburg County
Park and Recreation
5841 Brookshire Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28216

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Kevin Metcalf
704-504-9346

​Outdoor Lifestyle

 Would you like to get away from the busy city life? Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department offers a vareity of outdoor recreation activities and facilities. Programs are family-friendly and available for everyone, from beginner to expert!  Select a link from the list below to learn more.


Hiking 

Find a place for a stroll on over 250 miles of our paved and unpaved trails. Observe many species of plants and animals as you stay fit hiking along our beautiful trails.

Fishing  

A number of ponds in local parks are regularly stocked and managed for public fishing. Special creel limits apply, use the reference chart.​ You can also fish from the following Mecklenburg County parks and nature preserves that border several reservoirs on the Catawba River. State fishing regulations apply. 

Fishing License Information: 

A North Carolina Fishing License is required for all anglers ages 16 and older. For more details​ or to purchase a license, contact the NC Wildlife Resource Commission at 1-888-248-6834.

Tackle Loaner Program: 

Need a rod and reel?  We'll check one out for you- just stop by a participating Nature Center (Latta, McDowell, or Reedy Creek) to borrow a rod and reel for 24 hours. ​


You can also fish from the following Mecklenburg County parks and nature preserves that border several reservoirs on the Catawba River. State fishing regulations apply.


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Horses in Charlotte? Latta Nature Preserve offers 15 miles of equestrian trails for public use. Pull your horse trailer in and enjoy a peaceful day of trail riding. Trails subject to closure when wet. Call the trail hotline to verify conditions at: (980)-314-1004

Orienteering, Geocaching and Letterboxing 

To ensure that Nature Preserves are being enjoyed by "treasure hunters" without impacting our natural resources we have a CacheLetterbox Policy. The policy explains where, when and how to place geocaches and letterboxes in Nature Preserves.

If you want to place a geocache at a Nature Preserve please read our policy above and contact us for any  further questions at: geocaching@mecknc.gov or call 980-314-1136


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Located on the Catawba River, Charlotte-Mecklenburg has some of the best water-based recreation areas in the country.  Whether it's your first time afloat or you're training for the olympics, our facilities will help get you on the water. 

Lake Wylie

You can access Lake Wylie through McDowell Nature Preserve (Lake Wylie) (980) 314-1128
Bring your own canoe, kayak, or SUP and launch from the landing located near the waterfront deck. You can also sign up for a guided program where boats are provided.

Mountain Island Lake

Latta Nature Preserve offers two launch options for canoes, kayaks and SUPs. The  North Canoe Access includes an accessible launch platform in a sheltered cove. The Gar Creek Canoe Access offers convenient entry into the Gar Creek inlet. You can also sign up for a guided program​For more information, please contact (980)314-1129. 

Also Try:

NC Community Sailing and Rowing (Blythe Landing, Lake Norman)
U.S. National Whitewater Center​

Address

Office Location:

Mecklenburg County
Park and Recreation
5841 Brookshire Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28216

MAP

Contact

Kevin Metcalf
704-504-9346