Here's a trail you might consider for your next outing. (This one might be good for entertaining family in town for the holidays!)
Kings Mountain Gateway Trail, located about 45 minutes west of Uptown, just past Gastonia. This Carolina Thread Trail segment offers hikers and bikers eight beautiful miles of trails.
The trail system begins in a gravel lot, which features restroom facilities, a picnic shelter with grills, and a map kiosk.
Here's a trail map.
Along the trail, you'll find benches to take a snack break. Of course, a nice thing about such a long out-and-back is that you can go as far or as short as you're up for.
The Gateway Trail is open dawn to dusk daily. You can check out scheduled events here.
Another fun fact: Kings Mountain Gateway Trail is minutes from Hounds Drive-In Theater (the trail runs directly behind a couple of the screens!). It's also about a half mile south of downtown Kings Mountain. Either/both might make for a nice combo outing if you're looking to entertain for the day.
How to get there:
The Kings Mountain Gateway Trailhead parking lot is located at 807 S. Battleground Ave., Kings Mountain, NC, 28086.