Trade in Skis for a Bike
The weather this winter in Charlotte has been, in some ways, unfortunate. Particularly if you are into winter sports. It’s been simply too warm for skiing and other winter activities even at the resorts. However, you can still participate in outdoor sports activities. You may want to trade in your winter skis and snowboards in for a bike and helmet.
Wondering where to try out that bike? Here are some nice bike trails close by the Lake Norman area.
Near Huntersville is North Mecklenburg Park which boasts a family friendly bike trail. It is about a 4 mile loop which has multiple although not so steep hills. Maybe a bit much for very young children, but preteens and up should enjoy it.
Near Huntersville in Davidson is another option – Fisher Farm Trail, a 4 mile loop with easy, moderate and more difficult trails. Its unpaved mountain trail has large open grassy areas for a picnic.
A bit further away in Gastonia, about a 45 minute drive from Huntersville, is the Avon Creek and the Catawba Creek greenways. This paved rails to trails path goes through woods and some residential areas. No highway road crossings. No hard hills and the trail is handicap accessible.
Recently we tried out another bike trail in downtown Lincolnton. A rails to trails paved bike path, the Marcia H. Cloninger Trail, has easy access and parking near an old trail depot. The trail is just over 1.5 miles one way and is open to both walking and biking.
And if you’re still anxious for a weekend of skiing and snowboarding, it’s early enough in the season that a cold snap that brings snow to the mountains is very likely. In the meantime take that bike out and enjoy the warmer weather!