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10 Spots for Instagram-Worthy Fall Foliage in Charlotte

posted by Cassie Townsend November 3, 2016

The brilliant hue of orange maple leaves in autumn frame the Charlotte skyline from Marshall Park. Photo by Patrick Schneider

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Autumn comes to Charlotte at Marshall Park. Photo by Patrick Schneider

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Kayakers from the U.S. National Whitewater Center paddle along the Catawba River. Photo by Patrick Schneider

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Stroll down the tree-lined streets of Charlotte.

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While many make their way to the nearby mountains this time of year, beautiful fall foliage can also be found right here in Charlotte. Due to the warmer weather we’ve had this year in the Carolinas, peak color can be seen about a week later than usual, which means now is a great time to get outside and take in the reds, yellows and oranges of the season.

Get your camera (phone) ready – here are ten places to see fall colors in and around Charlotte

Park Road Park
(6220 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC)
Park Road Park’s many baseball fields, tennis courts and volleyball courts attract local recreational league athletes to the location, but the park also features an 11 acre lake and several walking trails perfect for taking a leisurely stroll and enjoying the crisp fall air.

Lake Norman State Park
(759 State Park Road Troutman, NC)
Just a few minutes north of Charlotte, Lake Norman State Park boasts beautiful views of the changing trees reflecting against the waters of Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in North Carolina. Lake Norman State Park also contains one of region’s most popular mountain biking networks.

Fraizer Park­­
(1201 West Fourth Street Charlotte, NC)
Nestled just outside of Uptown in Third Ward, Fraizer Park is known by locals for its dog park, but the area also boasts some beautiful fall foliage. Frazier Park connects to Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways, which will lead you along winding tree-lined paths to Bank of America Stadium and Blue Blaze Brewing.

U.S. National Whitewater Center
(5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC)
The U.S. National Whitewater Center offers a wide variety of outdoors activities – from mountain biking to ropes courses – but for a unique way to see the fall colors, try taking them from a kayak or canoe drifting along the Catawba River.

Fall isn't so bad 👌🏼🍂🐾 #lattaplantation #lakenorman #northcarolina #fall

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Historic Latta Plantation
(5225 Sample Rd Huntersville, NC)
Fall is in full swing at Historic Latta Plantation. While you’re taking in the colors, explore this living history site in the midst of the 1,343 acre Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Mountain Island Lake surrounds the site to the north, south and west and provides picturesque views and photo opportunities.

Freedom Park
(1900 East Boulevard Charlotte, NC)
Not only does Freedom Park plays host to the annual Festival in the Park, it’s also just a suspension bridge away from the Discovery Place Nature (formerly known as the Charlotte Nature Museum). Freedom Park’s 16.5 acres of green turn yellow, orange and red in the fall and connect to Little Sugar Creek Greenway.

Crowders Mountain
(Crowders Mountain State Park)
With an elevation of 1,625 feet, the top of Crowders Mountain is the perfect place to take in the full breadth of fall colors.  Crowders Mountain State Park offers two peaks for foliage seekers – The Pinnacle and Crowders Mountain. Eleven trails range from pastoral to strenuous.

Marshall Park
(800 E 3rd St, Charlotte, NC)
Marshall Park may not have the massiveness of some of the other spots on our list, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a more picturesque place when the sun illuminates the leaves against the backdrop of the Charlotte Uptown skyline.

Colorful day 💐🍀☘️🌤 #queensuniversity #photography #nature

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Queens University of Charlotte
(1900 Selwyn Ave Charlotte, NC)
Wander through the tree-lined campus of Queens University of Charlotte to reflect on the changing seasons surrounded by academics and an array of color. Venture just off campus to Queens Road for a scenic drive under the willow oaks of the Myers Park neighborhood.

The Green
(435 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC)
Just across the street from The Mint Museum Uptown and The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, The Green is the perfect place to curl up with a good book under the cover of the changing leaves and get inspired by the surrounding sculptures depicting great works from the heavy-hitters of world literature.


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