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Rock Springs Nature Preserve Trail

Rock Springs Nature Preserve is home to two looped trails totaling 1-mile. Carolina Thread Trail has .6-mile portion. This preserve includes an amphitheater, an outdoor classroom and extensive playground area.
Trail Uses
Accessible Experience Walking / hiking / running Paved surface biking
Denver (NC)
0.6 miles, One Way
Gravel/Crushed stone, Natural surface, Pavement
Motorized Vehicles
Not Permitted
Permitted on leash
Parking Spaces
Dawn - Dusk


Near the town's main street is Rock Springs Park Preserve, a public park that offers a large playground, event shelter, amphitheater and an outdoor classroom/wildlife viewing area. There is a smaller .4-mile loop asphalt and gravel trail that connects to a .63-mile natural surface trail. The Carolina Thread Trail portion of .6-mile will eventually connect 2 miles south to the existing Forney Creek Trail that crosses Sally's YMCA.

This 108-acre preserve is protected by Catawba Lands Conservancy. The majority of the forest is dry oak-hickory with pines dominated the tops of the ridges. The floodplain areas are home to river birch, yellow poplar and sycamore among other wetland plant species. From the wildlife viewing area or along the trails you may encounter a Box turtle, barred owl, white-tailed deer and numerous types of birds. 

Trail Manager

Visit Lincoln County's website  for more information or contact; 

Lincoln County
John Davis-Director
206 Gamble Dr. Suite D
Lincolnton, NC 28092
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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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Trailhead Information

Parking Address and Trailhead Location: Rock Springs Nature Preserve - 6684 Pine Ridge Dr, Denver, NC 28037 MAP

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