Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council Trail

Trail Tips

Avoid the Ivy

Learn to recognize poison ivy, which commonly grows along the edges of trails, fields, and rivers. If contacted, use soap and a washcloth to vigorously wash the oils from your skin.


Parking Address: Near 1763 Turnersburg Hwy, Statesville, NC 28625 MAP

Trailhead Location: MAP



This 2.2-mile natural surface trail is housed on the Oak Springs Campus and is a beautiful place to hike or mountain bike. The Oak Springs Campus is a 673-acre campus and a regional destination for Girl Scouts. The campus hosts camp activities and educational experiences for girls from Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly, Union, and York Counties. 

Nature enthusiasts will delight in this trail, which careens through a NC State Significant Natural Heritage Site, an area of special biodiversity importance identified by the NC Natural Heritage Program. The intent of the program is to protect habitat for rare plant and animal species. 

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
4530 Park Road, Suite 420
Charlotte, NC 28209
Phone: 704-342-3330 x209


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This 2.2-mile natural surface trail weaves through a 358-acre preserve protected by Catawba Lands Conservancy. The trail also resides within the Girl Scouts’ Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs in Iredell County.

Quick Facts

Trail Uses Walking / Hiking / Running
Mountain Biking
Location Statesville (NC)
Difficulty Moderate
Length2.2 miles, One Way
Surface Natural surface
Fees No
PetsPermitted on leash
Motorized vehiclesNot Permitted
ADA CompliantNo
Number of parking spaces10
Hours of operationDawn - Dusk

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