ATTENTION: The parking lot at Seven Oaks Preserve Trail is temporarily closed due to a downed tree. The trail is still accessible via Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

Forney Creek Trail - Catawba Springs Preserve Segment

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This 1.3-mile natural surface trail ties directly into the northern boundary of the Sally’s YMCA Trail segment, for a total of 2.4 miles in east Lincoln County, primarily along Forney Creek. The Catawba Springs Preserve property is conserved by the Catawba Lands Conservancy. 
Trail Uses
Walking / hiking / running Mountain biking
Location
Denver (NC)
Length
1.3 miles, One Way
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate
Motorized Vehicles
Not Permitted
Fees
No
Pets
Permitted on leash
Parking Spaces
50
Restrooms
No
Hours
Dawn - Dusk

Description

The Forney Creek Trail - Catawba Springs Preserve Segment is a natural surface trail stretches 1.3 miles north to south along Forney Creek in eastern Lincoln County, connecting directly to the Sally’s YMCA Trail segment for a total of 2.4 miles. Hikers and bikers will enjoy exercising in a wooded, shady area as the property surrounding the trail is part of a 135-acre preserve called Catawba Springs Preserve that is protected by Catawba Lands Conservancy and the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund. Difficulty level is easy to moderate with beautiful views of Forney Creek and two impoundments once used by the Catawba Springs Hunt Club.

Many species of oaks are found in the preserve, providing nice shade along the trail and shelter for the wildlife. Occasionally, trail visitors will be treated to the sight of an eastern box turtle or other small critters meandering along in the leaf litter.

Other Information

Forney Creek Trail is a part of the Butterfly Highway. "The Butterfly Highway is a statewide conservation restoration initiative that aims to restore native pollinator habitats to areas impacted by urbanization, land use change and agriculture across North Carolina. From backyard Pollinator Pitstops to large-scale roadside habitat restoration, the project is creating a network of native flowering plants to support butterflies, bees, birds and other pollen and nectar dependent wildlife." NC Wildlife Federation-Butterfly Highway Website

Trail Manager

Visit the Catawba Lands Conservancy's website for more information or contact:

Catawba Lands Conservancy
Sharon Wilson-Land Stewardship Director
4530 Park Road, Suite 420
Charlotte, NC 28209
704-342-3330 x209
sharon@catawbalands.org
View website

Trail Tips

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Trailhead Information

Parking Address: Sally's YMCA, 1601 Forney Creek Parkway, Denver, NC 28037 MAP

Trailhead Location: MAP

 

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