Pharr Family Preserve Trail

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Trailhead

Parking Address and Trailhead Location: Near 9111 Mt Pleasant Rd S, Concord, NC 28025 MAP

Canoe/Kayak Launch: MAP

Gate times: Fall-Spring 7:00am-5:00pm; Summer 7:00am-8:00pm 

Description

The Pharr Family Preserve is home to 1.7 miles of natural surface trail perfect for walking or biking. The trail winds through 66 acres of land protected by the Catawba Lands Conservancy. The property also features a canoe and kayak launch located 300 yards from the trailhead. More information about the canoe and kayak launches can be found in the Rocky River Blueway trail description.

The Pharr Family Preserve Trail offers a unique place to meander through a protected alluvial forest along the scenic Rocky River. Hikers will appreciate the rich diversity of this thick forest which contains at least 48 different species of trees. Sycamores, black walnuts, cottonwoods and bitternut hickories constitute the majority of the canopy. In the spring and summer, nature enthusiasts can observe many blooming trees, shrubs, and herbaceous flowers. Look for spring wild flowers such as blood root, hepatica and the subtle, but unique, wild ginger flowers. This forest is also home to a wide array of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Look and listen for the pileated wood pecker which is our largest wood pecker in the Carolinas and is dependent on large, mature trees for its survival.

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
sharon@catawbalands.org

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The Pharr Family Preserve Trail features a 1.7-mile, out-and-back walking and biking trail located on 66 acres of land preserved by the Catawba Lands Conservancy. The Pharr Family Preserve also includes a launch for canoes and kayaks to enter the Rocky River.

Quick Facts

Trail Uses Walking / Hiking / Running
Mountain Biking
Location Midland (NC)
Difficulty Easy
Length1.7 miles, One Way
Surface Natural surface
Fees No
PetsPermitted on leash
Motorized vehiclesNot Permitted
ADA CompliantNo
Number of parking spaces20
RestroomsNo
Hours of operationFall-Spring 7:00am-5:00pm; Summer 7:00am-8:00pm

Trail Tips

Ride Safe

When biking, wear a helmet and use a bell to signal your approach to other trail users. Consider bringing a spare tube and pump so that you can fix a flat tire and offer help to other cyclists in need. When riding on roads, bike in the same direction as traffic.

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