Charlotte, the largest city in North Carolina, sits on the state's southern border. Expect humid temperatures in the high 80s from June to September. Spring and fall months are quite comfortable, though. Head about 45 minutes north on I-77 to reach Lake Norman State Park. Cast a line and fish for bluegill, perch, catfish and more in the titular lake. There's a swimming area around the park's south region as well. The park's Itusi Trails are particularly popular for mountain biking. If you're looking for a biking challenge, hit the demanding Laurel Loop. Nature lovers might want to swing southeast and check out the McDowell Nature Center and Preserve. This green area is on the shores of Lake Wylie. The nature preserve's McDowell Campground holds 56 campsites, including an RV park with full hookups. Camping with a large group? You can even rent the entirety of the 14-acre Copperhead Island overnight! Travel a bit east of Charlotte to find the Uwharrie National Forest. Pan for gold, hike the remote Uwharrie Trail, or fish in Badin Lake. If you own horses, don't miss the Canebrake Horse Camp. Here you can take your equine friends out on 38 miles of horse trails.