It was a cotton plantation that is currently a nature preserve housing a historic home, the Raptor Center which treats injured birds of prey, and an Equestrian Center among other things. Here is the link:... more
Perhaps one of the Realtors in the Charlotte area can step in here.
I've noticed posts from Liz Snide, Tracey Miller and others...
Consider picking a Realtor in the area that's been in Charlotte for a while and has the same interests that you and your family have and you'll probably get great results finding a home with all the features you want.... more
The answer depends on the type of water recreation you want and how big you mean by area. There are two fairly large lakes in the immediate Charlotte area, Lake Norman to the north, Lake Wylie to the south--both part of the Catawba River power generation system. On any weekend both lakes have lots of party boats, ski boats jet skis and fishing boats. I've seen wind-surfers on Wylie in the fall.
Also within a few minutes of Charlotte is the new US National Whitewater Center, an eye-popping man-made whitewater park (www.usnwc.org).
If whitewater is your thing, it's available regionally. About a 4-hour drive west is the family-friendly Nantahala. A little further in TN is the Ocoee. Roughly the same distance north in WV you can reach the more challenging New River or in the fall the bone-jarring Gauley.
There are many other nice lakes 1-3 hours away and beautiful canoing nearby on the Catawba or about 2.5 hour away at New River State Park.... more
Tons! IF you like freshwater lakes and rivers, that is. (If you need the beach, it's a 3 hour drive to salt water.) Lake Norman is our largest lake. It was built in the 1950s by Duke Power to run the nuclear power plant (McGuire Nuclear Station), and is our most popular and most populous lake. You'll still see the occasional fisherman at dawn, but the roar of jetskis and ski boats takes over as soon as it gets warm out. There's a competitive waterski team or three at the lake-watching them train is great fun!
If you're more interested in a quieter, more natural setting, you can head east to Badin Lake and Lake Tillery. They're connected by a dam (but you can't travel from one to the other). Both are bordered by the Uwharrie National Forest so there's a lot of preserved natural area that can never be developed. You'll still see ski boats and jet skis but will also see canoes and more bass boats.
Our newest water activities center around the National Whitewater Center which is positioned on the Catawba River near Mount Holly. This is the new home of the National Whitewater Foundation, and will be the host site for the Olympic whitewater training and trials. You can whitewater on the manmade trails, canoe, kayak, or just walk on the beautiful trails at the facility.... more