Rock Springs Nature Preserve Trail

Rock Springs Nature Preserve is home to two looped trails totaling one mile. The segment designated as Carolina Thread Trail is 0.6 miles. 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 Denver, NC community is the Rock Springs Park Preserve, a public park that offers a large playground, event shelter, amphitheater and an outdoor classroom/wildlife viewing area. An asphalt and gravel loop trail connects to a natural surface trail. The Carolina Thread Trail portion of 0.6 miles will eventually connect to the existing Forney Creek Trail, about two miles to the south, near Sally's YMCA.

This 108-acre preserve is protected by Catawba Lands Conservancy. The majority of the forest is dry oak-hickory with pines dominating the tops of the ridges. River birch, yellow poplar and sycamore grow in the floodplain areas, along with other wetland plant species. The habitat surrounding the wildlife viewing area is home to 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
206 Gamble Dr. Suite D
Lincolnton, NC 28092
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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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