Fun Things to do Around Charlotte, NC - Hiking at Mountain Island Lake at Latta Plantation

When the weather is nice and sunny, Matt and I are out exploring around Lake Norman or the surrounding areas of Charlotte. There are so many fun things to do in the Queen City and one of my favorite things is hiking on some of the beautiful trails surrounding the area lakes. The Historic Latta Plantation in Huntersville is a great place for a fun little day trip away from the hustle and bustle and one where you can get up close and personal with nature.

The Latta Plantation is a gem and has some of our favorite trails with great views. You can hike, bike, horseback ride, canoe, kayak, visit the raptor center, and tour the old settlement home. It's easily a place that you can visit many many times over and always see something new.

For this particular day trip Matt and I decided not to bring Mr. Truck so we could focus on our photography and explore even further. He has a lot of cameos in the video at the bottom though! :)

I'm glad we didn't bring him this day because the Piedmont Prairie Trail around Mountain Island Lake goes really far and we saw some cool stuff just by going a bit further than we did in the video.

When I went in for this macro photo I had no idea there were two moths as one was hiding behind the leaf. I was pleasantly surprised to see two little guys just hanging out on a wildflower enjoying the hot sun and cool breeze.

They were not scared of me at all (which moths almost always are) so I was able to take my time and get a nice shot. I used my 100mm macro lens and a very steady hand.

My absolute favorite part of the day was when I noticed a huge birds nest way up high on a power line post. I pointed it out to Matt and we both stopped and admired its size. The photos don't do it justice. It was enormous. We walked away and continued on our hike...