Blossoming cherry trees is one of the first signs that spring has arrived in Charlotte and its vicinity. Cherries are known for their gorgeous blooms, and there are many cherry varieties grown in North Carolina. You can spot them downtown as well as in the countryside from early March through mid-April.
Cherries make Charlotte city parks look stunning in the spring. Visitors should definitely take a stroll through Uptown Romare Bearden Park, located not far from Truist Field, the home of the Charlotte Knights. The park features two gardens, picnic tables with chairs, several waterfalls, and playgrounds.
Another good place for a springtime stroll is a giant Freedom Park, located a few miles from downtown between Dilworth and Myers Park neighborhoods. A large lake is the most scenic area of the park.
Independence Park is a large urban park at the western end of the Elizabeth neighborhood. Its Rose Garden is the main attraction, looking breathtaking during the bloom season.
Cherryville is a small city that can be reached with a 48-minute drive from Charlotte. It owes its name to beautiful cherry trees that were planted here by a local resident in the late 19th century. The town is famous for its annual Cherry Blossom Festival which takes place in mid-April on Main Street. Cherryville Cherry Blossom Festival features cherry desserts, eating contests, an antique car show, live music, a 5k race, music, dance, pageant, inflatables, and games.