Best Hikes of Charlotte and Beyond


$25 for REI Members

$45 for non-members


  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • Skill level 1 Beginner
  • Group size 12 people

Come join an REI Outdoor School Instructor for an adventure on some of the best local hiking trails within an hour of Charlotte - the Piedmont has many hidden gems! We'll introduce you to the area's local gems, teach you tips to making hiking more comfortable, introduce principles of Leave No Trace and share some other knowledge of the outdoors with you. You may even get to see first-hand how REI's community investments have impacted outdoor recreation in this region! Come explore with REI and experience why A Life Outdoors Is a Life Well Lived. See the notes section regarding specific details about each hike and location.

  • Get to know a great local hiking trail
  • Meet fellow hiking enthusiasts

What to bring with you

Map image of Lake Norman State Park: Swim Beach Parking Lot

More directions and information

Lake Norman State Park and the Friends of Lake Norman: REI Charlotte Market multiple year grant recipients.