Huntersville’s collection of parks, greenways, and trail systems open a world of endless recreational pursuits. Here are 10 of our favorite recreation areas in the community.
1. Bradford Park
17005 Davidson-Concord Road
The newest park in Huntersville, Bradford Park opened in 2009 and is considered as the largest park in town. Facilities include several picnic spots, soccer fields, and light softball/baseball fields. Aside from sports tournaments, Bradford Park also has plenty of space for community events.
2. Torrence Creek Greenway
Off Gilead Road
Torrence Creek Greenway offers an easy 1.4-mile hike through the woods behind the neighborhoods along Gilead Road. If you’re not fond of hiking, you can also take your bike out on a spin in this lush greenway. Other features include a meadow in the western section and a couple of rock formations in the eastern section.
3. Barry Park
13707 Beatties Ford Road
One of the newer parks in the area, Barry Park is great for sports and recreation! Aside from a walking trail and a playground, Barry Park boasts 6 soccer/multi-purpose fields as well as picnic tables for rent.
4. Upper McDowell Creek Greenway
Between Westmoreland and Sam Furr Road
Conveniently located in Cornelius and Huntersville, Upper McDowell Creek Greenway is a green oasis that links several neighborhoods and commercial spaces. The greenway is part of the Lake Norman Bicycle Route and the Carolina Thread Trail.
5. North Mecklenburg Park
16131 Old Statesville Road
North Mecklenburg Park offers more than 100 acres of recreational space, making it one of the larger parks in Huntersville, Within the sprawl are softball fields, basketball courts, mountain bike trails, tennis courts, picnic areas, and more! North Mecklenburg Park was given the Outstanding Park Award from the National Softball Association twice (2002 and 2008).
6. McDowell Creek Dirtway
A part of the larger Mecklenburg County Dirtways, the McDowell Creek Dirtway offers miles of rugged trails in the relatively undeveloped Mecklenburg County greenway property. The unpaved nature of the trails offer a more outdoorsy experience in Huntersville, almost as if you’re in the middle of nowhere.
7. Abernathy Park
Glendale Drive, between 4th and 5th Street
Abernathy Park sits in a 2-acre site, but it packs plenty of punch. After extensive renovations, the park now features a shelter and an updated restroom the building. Its softball field, playground, and basketball court guarantee great bonding times with friends and family.
8. Main & Maxwell Park
Intersection of Main and Maxwell Streets, Downtown Huntersville
Main & Maxwell Park holds a dear place in local hearts for being the site of the Huntersville Growers’ Market, where visitors and residents can buy locally grown produce.
9. Huntersville Arts & Cultural Center
109 S. Old Statesville Road
Formerly known as the North Mecklenburg Branch Library, the local Arts & Cultural Center offers a number of programs for residents of all ages.
10. Waymer Park
14200 Holbrooks Road
Waymer Park has about everything that makes for a great green space. Sitting on a 13-acre property, Waymer Park has various sports facilities, a multipurpose field, a playground, picnic tables, and a covered shelter with restrooms.
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