Get Out and Explore Some Wilmington Gardens this Fall!
Where do you dream of going when you need a break? An island? The beach? A foreign country with famous sights? When people want to escape, they look for attractive, exotic, fun, and relaxing places. The good news is you don’t have to go far to make people envious of your social media posts. Wilmington and our island beaches have options that cover all of your getaway needs! Here are some wonderful Wilmington gardens you should visit:
Airlie Gardens rolls out 67 acres of gardens and wildlife, along with another ten acres of lakes. The gardens feature more than 75,000 azaleas, the magnificent 470-years-young Airlie Oak, and a seasonal butterfly house located two miles west of Wrightsville Beach. The walking and hiking trails cover some beautiful scenery and landscapes, where you’re guaranteed to see something amazing in bloom. Even if walking and hiking aren’t options for you, you can ride the tram to take it all in. A great time to go to the gardens during the fall is for the annual Oyster Roast (Oct 20, 6-10pm). The proceeds benefit Airlie’s environmental education programs that range from plant adaptations to salt marsh ecology to bird hikes and butterfly releases, all to help local schoolchildren appreciate the natural resources and biodiversity of Wilmington, NC.
Gary Shell Cross-City Trail
The Gary Shell Cross-City Trail connects the UNC Wilmington campus with some of Wilmington’s recreational attractions, including Halyburton Park, Empie Park, McCrary Park, and Wade Park. Along the developing 15-mile, off-road, multi-use trail, you can enjoy some of the scenic wetlands and picnic areas.
The Gary Shell Cross-City Trail is part of a city-wide trails and greenways system that is being developed for alternative transportation. It will become part of the East Coast Greenway (basically an urban version of the Appalachian Trail) that will run from Maine to Florida.
Since the trail is primarily urban, there are a number of restaurants, coffee shops, and bike shops along the route. It’s a great way to enjoy a blend of the city’s creature comforts with the natural beauty of Wilmington.
Wrightsville Beach Loop
At any given moment, The Loop has dozens of people out for runs, walks, and family strolls. The walk begins along Causeway Drive, which is Harbor Island’s main street. The walk has several parks along the way, such as Lee’s Nature Park and Harbor Way Botanical Gardens, to help you escape from the bustle of the busy streets. The well-maintained sidewalk offers some safety alongside the occasional traffic.
Greenfield Lake Park and Gardens
Greenfield Park is a great spot for getting out. This 250-acre park boasts a beautiful five-mile biking and walking trail through lush gardens all alongside the western edge of Greenfield Lake. Enjoy the beautiful spot with other hikers, birdwatchers, kayakers – really, anyone who appreciates nature. Perhaps you too will get a glimpse of the wildlife, which ranges from egrets and herons to local alligators.
Carolina Beach State Park Hiking Trails
Carolina Beach State Park is filled with vibrant hiking trails where you can see a variety of plant life, including pine forests, dwarf palmettos, and oak toe lichen. Some trails loop you through wetlands and wiregrass savanna communities and give great views of the Cape Fear River. The trails also offer great spots for watching water birds and exploring the tidal marsh. The park is also a habitat for fiddler crab, so there will be a lot of chances to be entertained by their travels over the mudflats.
Enjoying Nature at Home
The natural beauty of Wilmington, NC is probably a big reason why you love living there. Even from the comfort of our homes, we want to enjoy the beauty of what nature provides. Home Décor Solutions offers professional consultation to help you select the right window treatment for your home. As a certified smart home consultant, we can make opening your home to nature as easy as a push of a button or a voice command.