Located just 17 miles south of Charlotte, The Anne Springs Greenway is exactly the place you need to be to reconnect with nature. Boasting 2100 acres of pristine land, the Greenway contains 36 miles of hiking tails, a 28-acre Lake, biking and horseback riding trails. We've rounded up the top 10 things to do at the Greenway:

 

1. Eat at the Gateway Canteen

Enjoy a nice meal at the Gateway Canteen. Featuring a seasonal menu with local beer & wine, the Gateway Canteen is the perfect spot to dine after spending the day outdoors. Located at the Lake Haigler entrance, you can choose to either dine inside or eat al fresco!

Their current hours are:
Wednesday: Full menu 11am - 3pm;  Grab & Go 3pm - 5pm
Thursday - Saturday:  Grab & Go 10am - 8pm; Full menu from 11am - 8pm
Sunday: Grab & Go: 11am - 5pm

 

2. Live Music & Events

Join the Anne Springs Greenway every Friday and Saturday from 6-9pm for Sunset Sessions! Enjoy local live music on the Gateway lawn while cotton candy skies light up your backdrop. They also host a slew of annual events such as the Blue Star Blitz and Earth Day Weekend Celebration.

 

3. Yoga

Offering Yoga 3 times a week, the Greenway is the perfect spot to get in a workout. Break up your work day with lunchtime yoga at the Amphitheater or soak up a perfect South Carolina sunset while stretching during one of their sunset yoga sessions! Sessions are $5 for members or $10 for non-members.

 

4. Hiking

Boasting 36 miles of trails and ranging from beginner to intermediate, there are numerous trails and points of interest within the Greenway. Their most popular hike, the Lake Haigler Loop features some of the Greenway’s most beautiful scenery while the Blue Star Trail stretches more than seven miles from one end of the property to the other. While you're there — don't forget to walk across the iconic swinging bridge! 

 

5. Mountain Biking

Whether you're looking to break into the mountain biking scene or you're an experienced pro, the Greenway has a trail for you! Offering independent biking, beginner clinics and private lessons, the Greenway makes it easy to grab your bike and go. All mountain biking trails start at the Adventure Road entrance and riders must be members of the Greenway or pay the $5 fee at the trailhead kiosk. 

 

6. Mary Warner Mack Dog Park 

Looking for some fun with Fido? Located on the Anne Springs Close Greenway, the Mary Warner Mack Dog Park features over 12 acres of enclosed natural space for dogs of all sizes to play and socialize. The park is conveniently located at the Adventure Road Entrance on Springfield Parkway and is open seven days a week. Currently, dog park access is open to members only. 

Other amenities include:

• Mile-long, off-leash trail leading to lakefront access

• Dog washing station

• Hydration stations

 

7. Kayaking & Paddle Boarding

Are you an adventure seeker? Look no further than Lake Haigler. Kayak and stand up paddle board rentals are available on weekends starting in June! Reservations are currently required and must be made online beforehand. It is currently $5 for members and $10 for non members. You can reserve your time slot here.  Already have your own paddleboard or kayak? No Problem! You're welcome to bring your own non-motorized boats, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards to the Lake Haigler Kayak Launch at the Lake Haigler Entrance. 

 

8. Fishing 

They say, good things come to those who bait! Looking to take up fishing? Here's the perfect opportunity. Fishing clinics are offered year-round and provide you with bait and rods and will get you started with baiting, casting and reeling in your fish! 

Fishing guidelines include:

• A South Carolina fishing license is required

• There is no additional fee for members to fish

• Bass fishing is catch and release only

 

9. Horseback Riding 

Are you ready to get back in the saddle? The Greenway offers many options when it comes to horseback riding, including equestrian summer camps, group riding lessons, guided trail rides and lead line rides. To learn more about guided trail rides, check out our blog on guided trail rides.

 

10. History

 
Nation Ford Road

Nation Ford Road

Photo Courtesy of Anne Springs Close Greenway
 
Did you know that the trail between the Dairy Barn and the Nature Center runs parallel to a historically significant trail called Nation Ford Road? The road is one of the oldest documented travel routes in the southeast and became known as part of the "Great Wagon Road" that brought settlers from the north into the southern frontiers.
The Graham Cabin

Billy Graham Cabin

Photo Courtesy of Anne Springs Close Greenway
 
The Graham Cabin was built over 200 years ago and an early 1800’s census shows that Billy Graham’s grandfather, Archibald Graham, was born in this cabin and possibly lived there for a time. The cabin is now lovingly referred to as “The Graham Cabin” and is easily accessible on the Greenway using the Nation Ford Loop. 

 

Member information: 

• $5/month for monthly membership for one person or $60/year for a yearly membership 

• $10/month for a monthly membership for persons living in the same household or $120/year for a yearly membership

Become a member today!

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