Squirrel Lake Park, which offers playground equipment, bathrooms, a picnic shelter, benches, a twelve-hole disc golf, two permanent corn hole sets and a lake with a fishing pier. There's a short, natural surface trail that circles the lake if you want to do a little exploring without taking to the greenway.
paved greenway -- great for bikes, strollers and hiking -- at about the mid-point of the trail. Taking a left will steer you a little over a mile toward Matthews Elementary School. Taking a right will lead you to East John St., just under a mile away.
I found the Matthews Four Mile Creek Greenway to be a pleasant, peaceful natural getaway without much of a commute. Worth a visit if you're in the area.
How to get there:
Squirrel Lake Park is located at 1631 Pleasant Plains Rd., Matthews, NC, 28105. Park here to access both the playground and the greenway. Here's a greenway map.
Don't forget to pack:
- Water and snacks: There's an impressive picnic shelter, so consider packing a lunch.
- Comfortable shoes: You can hike the paved greenway or opt for the shorter, natural surface trail that encircles the small lake.
- Bikes, scooters and helmets: The paved greenway is perfect for feet or wheels.
- Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen: The park and greenway are only partially shaded.