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 schoolhouse) 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.
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).
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