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Gem just outside of Charlotte

May 27th, 2022 – Charlotte, NC

Reba found this gnome home

We spent part of the day today at Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve, which is less than 30 minutes from the hustle, bustle and traffic of Charlotte’s city center.

If you are lucky enough to live near this spectacular parkland, I hope you regularly use this community gem. The park includes a gigantic and well maintained dog park, numerous picnic grounds, basketball and volleyball courts and baseball and soccer fields.

We started this morning in the Barkingham Dog Park, so Reba could get some of her energy out before we hiked a trail. She loved it and I clocked a half mile looping twice around the fence line. Reba probably did 2-3 miles running with her new best dog pals and chasing balls.

Barkingham Dog Park

Reedy Creek’s website says that it started as a land grant from King George to John Selwyn in 1745 and over the years transferred ownership to other families before being purchased by Charlotte in 1981. It was later transferred to Mecklenburg County in 1991. They built the nature center the following year.

Now the team at Reedy Creek cares for 927 acres of incredible beauty. There are many easy to navigate trails that take you around three lakes, and tributaries of Reedy Creek. There are areas to fish and enjoy the water.

If you want something more active, check out the 18 hole disc golf course or the swing garden which I saw from afar.

Reedy Creek holds an annual Hummingbird Festival which has yet to be announced for 2022. Based on the pictures from previous years, it is likely later in the summer when the flowers are in full bloom.

After diving into their website a bit, it looks like a ton of work and money has gone into making Reedy Creek what it is today. They did a fabulous job ensuring that this magical place will be healthy part of the community for generations. Read more at Reedy Creed Restoration Blog below:

https://reedycreekrestoration.com/blog/

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