Rock Springs Nature Preserve Trail

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


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
Parks and Recreation
206 Gamble Dr. Suite D
Lincolnton, NC 28092
Phone: 704-748-1518


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Quick Facts

Trail Uses Walking / Hiking / Running
Paved Surface Biking
Location Denver (NC)
Difficulty Easy
Length 0.6 miles, One Way
Surface Gravel/Crushed stone
Natural surface
Fees No
Pets Permitted on leash
Motorized vehicles Not Permitted
ADA Compliant Yes
Number of parking spaces 35
Restrooms Yes
Hours of operation Dawn - Dusk

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