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Colonel Francis Beatty Park Loop is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Charlotte, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Getting together to kayak around the lake for a few hours. This park is located about 45 minutes south of Ballantyne area. I believe there is a small fee to get in the park, like 5$ a car or something like that. It is an easy kayaking lake. No current to fight, just the wind and flat water. I have 2 kayaks, so 3 seats available first come first serve. Everyone else can bring their own. If you have extra seats in your own kayak advertise that fact on here, and we will add up all the seats and all those that want to go and enable more to enjoy this place. There is a small food stand that sells the usual, fries, hot dogs and burgers. Everyone will have to have a life vest, I have enough to cover my 3 seats. I would wear something that you do not mind getting wet, including shoes. A hat always helps, and sunscreen, given that you are in the sun, and the sun also reflects off the water. The shape of this lake makes it easy such that anyone who wants to do less time or more time can find their way back to the kayak launch site. Thanks
Hike around the granite dome at Stone Mountain State Park south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. A granite bulge forms the centerpiece of Stone Mountain State Park. Stone Mountain Loop takes you to the top of the bulge, past a scenic waterfall and through the restored homestead of a family that lived in the shadow of Stone Mountain for four generations. The park also provides an excellent side trip for travelers along the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway. Two trailheads at Stone Mountain State Park lead to the loop. While the Lower Trailhead in the park's northeast corner gets you to the base of the mountain more quickly, the far better hiking route is from the Upper Trailhead on the west side of the park. From there, you hike a short spur to reach the loop trail, hang a left, walk down past Stone Mountain Falls and then continue till the massive wall of granite starts to fill the background behind the thinning tree.. Slack-jawed wonder is a perfectly natural response to seeing Stone Mountain for the first time. Once you get your wits about you again, you can explore the Hutchinson family's homestead, occupied for a century from 1855 to 1955. Then it's a steep slog to the summit - a vast, sloping field of granite striped black by one rainstorm after another. Finally, it's all downhill to get back where you came from. I am planning on doing Wolf Rock on day one, overnight and then summit Stone Mountain on the way back.
Cane Creek Red Trail Loop is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Waxhaw, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. If everyone is still in the hiking mood there is another 2 mile hike over the damn that can be added at the end. There are bathrooms, local food, and water on site. The park charges a small fee to enter, 2$ or 5$ per car, something like that.