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The Falcon Trail

The Falcon Trail connects Misenheimer at Pfeiffer University and Richfield at Richfield Park in North Carolina. The 2.7-mile trail is mostly wooded and canopied; it is open to hikers, walkers and bicyclists. 
Trail Uses
Walking / hiking / running Mountain biking
Misenheimer (NC), Richfield (NC)
2.7 miles, One Way
Gravel/Crushed stone, Natural surface, Mowed grass
Motorized Vehicles
Not Permitted
Permitted on leash
Parking Spaces
Dawn - Dusk


Connecting the Stanly County communities of Misenheimer and Richfield, the trail offers lake and agricultural views, as well as access to Pfeiffer College and many historic buildings listed on the Natural Historic Register.The historic Gladstone Academy (an 1890's school house) is close to Pfeiffer’s campus.

The Falcon Trail is mostly natural surface and is 2.7 miles in length and is one way. It connects to a bit of sidewalk at either end. The trail is designed for walking, hiking, running and bicycling and is of moderate difficulty. A nice feature of the trail are the two adjacent bridges (a swinging bridge and a covered bridge) which cross Richfield Lake. The swinging bridge leads to an island with a picnic table. A variety of plants along the trail bloom in season.

There are two trail entrances, one at Richfield Park and one at the intersection of US 52 and Wesley Chapel Road in Misenheimer. There are restrooms in the gym on Pfeiffer’s campus and in Richfield Park and parking is available at both trail entrances. Richfield Park has picnic tables and other amenities (fishing and disc golf).

There is a grocery store, drug store, Coffee/Ice Cream shop and multiple restaurants near the trail entrance at Richfield Park.

For a virtual tour of the Falcon Trail, check out the video below, created by Jon White, Davidson Impact Fellow '19-'20.

Other Information

Work is underway to acquire an additional 7 miles of trail so that trail will connect the communities of Misenheimer, Richfield, and New London and extend from Glenmore Road north of Misenheimer to North Stanly High School south of New London (a total of 9.5 miles).

Trail Manager

Visit the North Stanly Trails and Parks or Friends of North Stanly Trails and Parks for more information or contact:

Friends of North Stanly Trails and Parks
J. Michael Riemann-Chairman
PO Box 882
Richfield, NC 28137
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Trailhead Information

Parking Address: Richfield Park Road and HWY 49, Richfield, NC 28137 MAP

Trailhead Location: After entering the park, signs will direct you to The Falcon Trail. 


Parking Address: 48380 US-52, Misenheimer, NC 28109 MAP

Trailhead Location: MAP

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