Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Prepare for Takeoff

I don't love to fly, but I do marvel at flight. The physics of it both baffle and impress me. No better place to admire the beauty and brilliance of airplanes taking to the skies than the Charlotte Douglas Airport Overlook park -- and especially the nearby trail we just discovered. 

Open every day from 8:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m., this official viewing spot is perfect for watching take-offs and landings against the backdrop of the uptown Charlotte skyline. You can pop your trunk and tailgate or grab one of the dozens of park benches to enjoy the show.

Even better, though, is checking out the easy, paved trail that starts at the Overlook parking lot and hugs a section of the perimeter of the airport. Take it just over a half-mile and you find yourself directly under the flight path of planes coming and going on one of the runways. Talk about exciting!

How to get there:
The Charlotte Airport Overlook park is located at 7300 Airport Overlook Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28208. To get there, take Wilkinson Blvd. approximately 5 miles away from town and turn left on to Marshall Dr. Take a right on Old Dowd Rd. and then your first left onto Airport Overlook Drive. To access the walking trail, park your car and leave the parking lot through the entrance gates. The trail runs along the fence on your right.

Don't forget to take:
  • Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses: There is no shade in the parking lot and very little of it on the walking trail.
  • Shoes: Comfy shoes for walking paved surface.  
  • Water and snacks: Take a quick hike then enjoy a snack or picnic lunch on the benches in the Overview parking lot.

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