Meanwhile, though, I’m thankful for urban oases — parks and preserves, fields and trails, greenways and green spaces — where we can escape from city living without leaving town.
If you, too, are itching to get out and stretch your over-scheduled mind and body for an hour or two, you might consider Idlewild Road Park.
About 10 miles south of uptown in Matthews, this 125-acre park offers a number of amenities.
We're big fans of the 1.5-mile nature trail, which is wooded and shady. It's an easy trail, good for hikers of all skill levels.
18-hole disc golf course, which makes for another nice walking path, even if you don't play.
Kids will enjoy the large, relatively new playground. This area is encircled by a paved path, good for walking or riding on rolling toys.
With a little bit of something for everyone, Idlewild Road Park is a nice nearby escape into nature.
How to get there:
Idlewild Road Park is located at 10152 Idlewild Rd., Matthews, NC, 28105.
Don't forget to pack:
- Comfortable shoes: For hiking or playing
- Water and snacks: Or a picnic lunch
- Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen: While it's mostly shady here, there are some open spaces
- Bug spray: Fend of mosquitoes
- Frisbees: If you want to play disc golf