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Reedy Creek Nature Center & Nature Preserve

Reedy Creek Nature Center and Nature Preserve is a 927-acre park that aims to preserve and protect Charlotte’s local wildlife. Located along Rocky River Road, the nature center is a place where hikers, bikers and other visitors can enjoy a variety of flora and fauna over scenic terrain.

The park is home to the Reedy Creek Nature Center and Dr. James F. Matthews Center for Biodiversity Studies. Inside it has exhibits of live animals with several classrooms for hands-on learning. For a more up-close and personal experience, there’s the Backyard Habitat Garden right outside with its bird feeding stations.

Besides enjoying nature, sports fans have a lot to do in Reedy Creek. The 18-hole course is the perfect way to enjoy a round or two of golf. Its full-sized basketball court and two volleyball courts will keep athletic girls and gals quite busy. A soccer pitch and two softball fields are also excellent for the sluggers and goalies out there. And young kids and toddlers will look forward to the swing garden and playground.

For a more relaxing recreational time, the Reedy Creek Park has numerous picnic spots around its 116-acre vicinity. This includes both indoor and outdoor shelters that can accommodate anywhere to a small group to a large gathering of up to 150 people. Fishing enthusiasts have plenty of time to kill at the Dragonfly and Slider Ponds, where they can do angler fishing.

For those with little canine friends, the Barkingham Dog Park will be your go-to destination. The 4-acre fenced-in space, designed with pet owners in mind, includes a segregated area for puppies, water stations and toys. With plenty of trash bags and bins scattered all around the dog park, cleanup is easy and hassle-free.

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