Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail


Parking Address: 7911 Malibu Road, Mt. Pleasant, NC 28124 MAP

Trailhead Location: 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 savanna.  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 restore a piedmont oak-savanna 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 follows a lovely forest along the banks of Adams Creek ending where the forest and farmland meet a neighborhood subdivision.  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.

Other Information

An Imprint is an Impact. Please protect the trails. Don't ride if the ground is muddy and be mindful when you hike in wet conditions. 

Trail Manager

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
Phone: 704-342-3330


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The Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail is a natural surface trail that takes visitors through restored oak-savanna, farmland and along Adams Creek.

Quick Facts

Trail Uses Walking / Hiking / Running
Mountain Biking
Place Mount Pleasant
Difficulty Moderate
Length2.1 miles, One Way
Surface Gravel/Crushed stone
Natural surface
Fees No
PetsPermitted on leash
Motorized vehiclesNot Permitted
ADA CompliantNo
Number of parking spaces10
Hours of operationsunrise - sunset

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