From NC-49 N, take a right onto Cold Springs Road. Drive for three miles then turn left onto Mt Pleasant Road S. Take the first right onto Malibu Road. The trail parking lot will be immediately on your left. A Carolina Thread Trail sign is visible from the parking lot where there is direct access to the trail.
The Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail is located in the town Mount Pleasant, NC in rural Cabarrus County. The trail features a natural surface trail and gravel road overland connector used for walking, hiking, running, and mountain biking. Visitors to Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail will first walk through a restored piedmont oak savannah. You will then walk along farm fields where a local farm is growing hay and grains. The trail then enters a young forest and follows along a bluff above Adams Creek.
Catawba Lands Conservancy is working to restored a piedmont oak-savannah at the trailhead. This habitat type, which is home to numerous ground-nesting birds and prairie species, is in decline throughout the piedmont of the Carolinas. CLC is working with the North Carolina Forestry Service, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, and US Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct routine prescribed fires to promote warm-season grasses and create habitat for many bird species including the imperiled Grasshopper Sparrow and Northern Shrike.
The farmland, over 130-acres, is leased to a local farmer here in Cabarrus County. The farmer has implemented Best Management Practices which supports farming and wildlife. While enjoying this property, please be respectful of this local farm's hard work to grow hay and grains (Corn, Soybeans, and Wheat) that are used to local feed cattle.
The trail ends in a lovely forest along the banks of Adams Creek. The highlight of this section of trail is the view from a high bluff over Adams Creek that looks back towards the town of Mt. Pleasant. Adams Creek is a tributary of Dutch Buffalo Creek.
Immediate plans include extending the trail over Adams Creek and adding 0.9 miles to the trail. Until a bridge is installed, the trail ends at Adams Creek.
Visit the Catawba Lands Conservancy's website for more information or contact:
Catawba Lands Conservancy
Land Stewardship Director
105 West Morehead Street
Charlotte, NC 28202