Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
Mix horticulture and history at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve by hiking out to the Robinson Rock House. The second-oldest rock house in Charlotte represents the crumbling remains of Albert Wallace's sprawling cotton plantation. Historians estimate it was built in the late eighteenth century, and that nearly 100 slaves labored on the farm (you'll also find former quarters throughout the grounds). Take the Dragonfly Trail past an old blacksmith shop and then turn onto the Sierra Loop; this will take you to the back of the Rock House, where the remains of an outdoor kitchen still stand. The site is one of only two registered archaeological sites in North Carolina, so if you want to play Indiana Jones for a day this is your spot. You can explore the ruins from 7 a.m. to sunset Monday through Sunday at 2900 Rocky Rd.