Nature Hike with a Meal at Anne Springs Close Greenway

Fort Mill, South Carolina
Hike, Dinner
20 Explorer Chicks
1/2 Day


Our lives seem to be getting busier than ever! Full social calendars and everyday life stresses—no wonder we are all walking around with that pesky eye twitch, feeling like we’re about to blow! How about taking some time for ourselves and balancing out how we spend our days? Did you know simply getting out for a hike reduces your blood pressure and cortisol levels, producing a calming effect only nature can offer. Getting outside also decreases what psychologists call “rumination”, which are negative thought patterns that play over and over again in our heads. Not only can hiking make us happier, but it also improves our sleep quality, reduces anxiety and depression and improves our memory!

So close the laptop and join us with your fellow Explorer Chicks at Anne Springs Close Greenway, a 2,100-acre nature preserve outside of Charlotte. Lead by trained outdoor program staff, use all your senses during this gentle two-mile hike. Afterward, slow down even more and enjoy the provided delicious meal and a few SHE-nanigans!


Private Nature Hike Series

Twilight Nature Hike

March 5, 2021 

Nature at night? You betcha. We’ll meet creatures that like to burn the midnight oil. You night owls will be sure to see some actual night owls 🦉 (and bats and foxes and raccoons) on our private nature walk. Keep your eyes open for deer, listen for owls, and inhale the intoxicating pine scent as you explore the nighttime forest. Along the way, stop to learn about and discuss various plants, rocks, and wildlife. It’s just us and our own, private nature expert—so ask away!

Photography Workshop Nature Hike

July 10, 2021 

September 25, 2021 

We’ve all seen those breathtaking photos of our favorite destinations! Did you just book that epic bucket list adventure, hoping to capture those shots for yourself? Join us at this beginner’s photography workshop.📸 No experience needed! Learn from an expert while developing your own style. You will learn everything you need to get you going: what all those confusing camera settings mean, the techniques to use them correctly, proper composition, and how to shoot a good landscape. Don’t have a DSLR camera yet? No worries! You can learn about proper composition and other great photo-taking techniques just using your smartphone. The more you practice your new skills, the longer they will stay with you. So grab your camera and let’s go for a hike!

Dine at the Greenway Gateway Canteen

Now we’d disappoint your mama if we sent you off hungry, and we can’t have that. So after exploring the Anne Springs Close Greenway, gather with us at the Gateway Canteen for a delicious meal. You will have your choice of entrée made with the freshest ingredients from their seasonally changing menu.  Choose from a variety of fresh salads or sandwiches and more! 🥗 There are beer and wine available for purchase. Whatever you decide on, grab it, find a seat with all your new besties, and talk about the cool stuff you saw on your hike. This is what Explorer Chick is all about!

  • Private Guided Nature Hike.
  • Delicious Entree’ Provided.
  • Hands-on instruction for the photography nature walk.
    • Check-in Time: 15 minutes prior to departure.
    • Duration: 2 hours
    • Women-Only, 21+.
    • Don’t have a DSLR camera yet? No worries! You can learn about proper composition and other great photo-taking techniques just using your smartphone.


  • Your order confirmation will include a link to the Explorer Chick Smart Waiver. Please take a minute to sign online.


Anne Springs Close Greenway
Main Entrance

2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715

  •  Closed-toed shoes
  • We hike in the rain or shine! Dress accordingly.
  • Water Bottle
  • DSLR Camera or Smartphone if doing the Photography Nature Hike.
  • A headlamp and/or flashlight for the Twilight Nature Hike

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