Discover the New Charlotte Airport Overlook Park

June 10, 2024

A Spectacular View for Aviation Enthusiasts

Nestled just west of the previous overlook off Marshall Drive, the Charlotte Airport Overlook Park beckons aviation enthusiasts and curious visitors alike. This expansive 600,000-square-foot area offers breathtaking views of the airfield, skyline, and bustling terminal.

What Makes It Special?

  • Runway Views: Stand at the edge of the park and watch aircraft gracefully take off and land on Runway 18C/36C. If you’re lucky, catch glimpses of the future fourth parallel runway—the promise of even more exciting aviation moments.
  • Modern Amenities: The park isn’t just about planes; it’s about comfort too. LED lighting illuminates the space, and there’s ample paved parking for 145 vehicles. Food trucks line up in an expanded staging area, ready to satisfy hungry visitors.
  • Aviation History: Explore educational displays that delve into the rich aviation heritage of the Carolinas. From vintage aircraft to pioneering aviators, these exhibits tell captivating stories.
  • Memorial: Pay your respects at the dedicated memorial for USAir Flight 1016, a somber reminder of the past and a tribute to those affected by the tragedy.
  • Family-Friendly Fun: Bring the whole family! Kids can enjoy age-specific playgrounds, while everyone can relax at picnic tables or on benches. Shaded areas with trees and sails provide relief from the sun.
  • Pet-Friendly: Even your furry friends are welcome. Pet relief areas ensure that everyone has a good time.
  • Open Hours: The park awaits from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Whether it’s a sunrise or a starlit evening, the views are equally mesmerizing.

A Must-Visit Destination

Whether you’re an aviation aficionado, a family seeking adventure, or simply someone who appreciates awe-inspiring vistas, the Charlotte Airport Overlook Park promises an unforgettable experience. Best of all, admission is free—so gather your loved ones and immerse yourselves in the thrill of flight!

For additional details, visit the official Charlotte Douglas International Airport website.

Fun Fact: The Overlook entry sign originally stood at the entrance to the Airport on Josh Birmingham Parkway from 1992-2014.

Feel free to share your thoughts or ask any questions about this exciting new addition to Charlotte’s aviation scene!