Due to recent heavy rain in the area, many streams and rivers are experiencing flooding. We recommend you check the trail map below and/or contact your local municipality to find out if a trail is closed. Please use caution if accessing the trails, and remain patient as our team works to clear them after waters recede. Thank you.

Seven Oaks Preserve Trail

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.

Trailhead

Parking Address: Near 6900 S New Hope Road, Belmont, NC 28012 MAP

Trailhead Location: MAP

 

Additional Directions: There is additional parking located at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

Address - 6500 South New Hope Road MAP

Follow the Persimmon Trail to the Thread Trail portion.

Description

**Due to the amount of rainfall and flooding from hurricane Eta, there will be debris on the trail for some time until our limited number of staff can clear it out.** - updated 11/16/2020

This 2.6-mile natural surface trail meanders along the shoreline of Lake Wylie and is located on 78 acres of preserved land managed by the Catawba Lands Conservancy.  The trail also connects to other trails at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, including two segments at either end of the trail that create a 5-mile loop from the trailhead at the Seven Oaks Preserve Trail. The Persimmon Trail connects to the garden's parking lot. Visitors can continue along the back side of the parking lot along the Boulevard Trail and can then pick up on the Worrell Trail. The Worrell Trail connects back to the Seven Oaks Preserve Trail and finishes the loop. Visitors do not have to pay the garden to walk on their trails. 

*Special Note: Bicycles are allowed on the Seven Oaks Preserve Trail BUT NOT ALLOWED on the garden's trails. Please do not ride in wet conditions.

This preserve protects sensitive areas around the lake and safeguards habitat for wild turkeys, turtles and native wildflowers. In the spring, visitor will enjoy the fragrant scent of blooming snowbell (Styrax grandifliou). Seven Oaks Preserve also has some magnificent swamp chestnut oak trees (Quercus michauxii) along the lake. This impressive species has a rich history in the lowland areas with their wood once serving to make farm baskets. The swamp chestnut oak trees also produce large, sweet acorns that are an important food for many animals. In addition to these unusual oaks, there are huge tulip poplars (Liriodendron tulipifera), paw paws (Asimina triloba) and persimmon trees (Diospyros virginiana). Opreys, eagles, and kingfishers are occasionally seen flying over the water.

 

Other Information

Seven Oaks Trail is a part of the Butterfly Highway. "The Butterfly Highway is a statewide conservation restoration initiative that aims to restore native pollinator habitats to areas impacted by urbanization, land use change and agriculture across North Carolina. From backyard Pollinator Pitstops to large-scale roadside habitat restoration, the project is creating a network of native flowering plants to support butterflies, bees, birds and other pollen and nectar dependent wildlife." NC Wildlife Federation-Butterfly Highway Website

Trail Manager

Visit the Catawba Lands Conservancy's website for more information or contact:

Catawba Lands Conservancy
4530 Park Road, Suite 420
Charlotte, NC 28209
Phone: 704-342-3330 x209
sharon@catawbalands.org

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Quick Facts

Trail Uses Walking / Hiking / Running
Mountain Biking
Location Belmont (NC)
Difficulty Moderate
Length 2.6 miles, One Way
Surface Natural surface
Fees No
Pets Permitted on leash
Motorized vehicles Not Permitted
ADA Compliant No
Number of parking spaces 10
Restrooms No
Hours of operation Dawn - Dusk

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