Colonel Francis Beatty Park

Beattie Ford Park

Mountain biking at Colonel Francis Beatty Park isn't just for beginners. Of the park's eight-mile, single track mountain bike trail there are intermediate and advanced loops for more experienced bikers.

Chris Edwards

Vibe: Whoever coined the phrase “like a walk in the park" has probably taken a stroll through this suburban oasis. After entering from Weddington Road, you'll drive down a lush, shady path that leads to the park's centerpiece pond. The pond is surrounded with shady nooks and benches perfect for kicking back with your Steinbeck or catching up with an old buddy. On a Saturday afternoon, you're likely to find friendly tennis matches on one of the six courts, soccer moms cheering alongside five playing fields, and couples wandering through the shady walking trails. Plus, the park also offers a wedding venue at Lake Pointe Hall, two playgrounds, two picnic shelters, and two horseshoe pits, making it Charlotte's most family-oriented park.

Best part: Circling the entire park is an eight-mile, single-track mountain bike trail that draws bike enthusiasts from all over Mecklenburg County for the annual Charlotte Mountain Bike Series. Maintained by the local Tarheel Trail Blazers, the main loop is flat, with just a few jumps and roots, meaning it's a great ride for newbie bikers. But don't scoff quite yet, bike buffs — there are intermediate and advances loops for more experienced riders.

Amenities: Basketball courts (two), tennis courts (six), soccer fields (five), picnic sites (twenty-six), playgrounds (two),
volleyball court, softball fields (two), horseshoe pits (two), outdoor shelters (two), restrooms(two), conference center, walking trails (4.8 miles), mountain bike trails (eight miles), canoe and kayak launch site.

4330 Weddington Rd., Matthews; 704-554-0402

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