Dan Nicholas Park Trail

"Dan Nicholas Park is home to a campground, lake, carousel, train, gem mine, aquarium and nature center, animal habitats, and more." Dan Nicholas Park Webpage The Dan Nicholas Park Trail begins at Lake Murtis to the Persimmon Branch Trail.
Trail Uses
Walking / hiking / running
Salisbury (NC)
2.0 miles, Loop
Natural surface
Motorized Vehicles
Not Permitted
Permitted on leash
Parking Spaces
9 AM - 5 PM except during special events


"Dan Nicholas Park was created originally with a gift in 1968 of 330 acres of land from Mr. Dan Nicholas, a local entrepreneur and philanthropist." Dan Nicholas Park Webpage The park is now a 450-acre park that is home to the Hayden's Carousel and Miner Moose Gem Mine. There are cabins to rent to ensure all that the entire park can be enjoyed. 

The Carolina Thread Trail winds around Lake Murtis where the paddle boats are rented during the park's season. It connects to the Persimmons Branch Trail which is written up for it's bird watching opportunities. NC Birding Trail Website The Rowan Wildlife Adventure area for which there is a fee is home to black bear, bald eagle and various foxes.

Other Information

See the Dan Nicholas Park Map for all the attractions available at the the park. Train, carousel, golf, gem mine, and paddle boats are close during the off season.

Trail Manager

Contact the Park Maintenance Supervisor at 704.216.7812

Rowan County Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation Director
6800 Bringle Ferry Road
Salisbury, NC 28146
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Parking Address and Trailhead Location: MAP

Park Address: Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Rd, Salisbury, NC 28146

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