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This park has a lot more to do than just walking

Tennis, disc golf, a Panthers challenge course, a BMX track, fishing, playgrounds and more. Hornets Nest Park has it all.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg has a lot of parks ... 210 to be precise. One of those 210 has pretty much something for everything, especially if you lead a more active lifestyle.

Hornets Nest Park, located in northwest Charlotte off of Beatties Ford Road is a big park. Covering a total of 140 acres, this park is a local favorite for those who live near the area. Due to its size, it is a great park to take a walk in solo, with friends, or with the dog.

One local, Don Greedy said he walks his dog at the park every morning. 

"I like the atmosphere and the walking trails," Greedy said. "My dog loves the meet and greets with other dog walkers."

Here are the highlights of what this park offers:

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  • Disc golf: There are 18 holes in the park, and this course is even well known to the pros. This course is challenging where two World Disc Golf Championships have been played at the park.
  • Play 60 Panthers Challenge course: The Carolina Panthers partnered up with the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department to put this in. This course has a line of 11 challenges and obstacles you must complete in a row. There is also an active clock that you can test out your 40-yard dash time!

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  • Tennis courts: 12 lighted courts in the back of the park. 
  • Spring, summer and fall hours: Sunrise - 10:30 p.m.
  • Winter hours: (Dec. 10 - Feb. 24): Sunrise - 9 p.m.
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Other features:

  • 4-field lighted tournament softball complex
  • 7 horseshoe pits
  • 8 picnic shelters
  • 2 playground units
  • BMX bicycle track
  • Indoor shelter
  • 2 full-court basketball court 
  • Concession stand
  • Reservable facilities
  • Restrooms 
  • 2 sand volleyball courts

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