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Dan Nicholas Park Trail

The 2-mile Dan Nicholas Park Trail follows the park entrance road around Lake Murtis and includes the Persimmon Branch Trail loop. The park is home to a campground, lake, carousel, train, gem mine, aquarium and nature center, animal habitats, and more. 
Trail Uses
Walking / hiking / running
Salisbury (NC)
2.00 miles, Loop
Natural surface
Motorized Vehicles
Not Permitted
Permitted on leash
Parking Spaces
9 AM - 5 PM except during special events


The Carolina Thread Trail winds around Lake Murtis where the paddle boats are rented during the park's water activity season. It connects to the Persimmons Branch Trail which is noted for 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.

Dan Nicholas Park was created originally with a gift in 1968 of 330 acres of land from its namesake, who was a local entrepreneur and philanthropist. Dan Nicholas Park Webpage  The park is now 450 acres and is home to the Hayden's Carousel and Miner Moose Gem Mine. There are cabins to rent to ensure enough time to enjoy all the park has to offer.


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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Trailhead Information

Parking Address and Trailhead Location: MAP

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

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