West Branch Nature Preserve Trail

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Trailhead

From West Branch Rocky River Greenway

Parking Address:18444-18458 Shearer Rd, Davidson, NC 28036 MAP

Trailhead Location:  MAP

Trailhead Location: Connecting West Branch Rocky River to West Branch Nature Trail MAP

Trailhead Location: West Branch Nature Preserve: MAP

Description

This natural surface trail extends 0.8 miles one-way, and is suitable for hiking. The trail is on 90 acres of wetland that has been preserved by Mecklenburg County since 2008. The nature trail connects with the West Branch Rocky River Greenway and also features an observation deck for viewing the wetlands. The trail encircling the wetland was named after Roy Alexander to honor his commitment to conservation. 

The wetland surrounding the trail is considered to be one of the most important wetlands in Mecklenburg County. Some species, such as the eastern ribbon snake, are found no where else in Mecklenburg County. Nearly all of the amphibian species native to the Piedmont of North Carolina can be found in the West Branch Nature Preserve. Mature trees surround this trail and provide important habitat for the numerous bird species that occupy the wetlands while also providing ample shade to trail visitors. Beavers live in the wetland and their work is visible on the sides of the trail.

 

Other Information

For additional information, see Mecklenburg County's West Branch Nature Preserve MAP

Trail Manager

Visit Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation for more information about the West Branch Nature Preserve or contact:

Mecklenburg County
Parks & Recreation Department
5841 Brookshire Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28216
Phone: 980-314-1000
Park-Admin@mecklenburgcountync.gov

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Quick Facts

Trail Uses Walking / Hiking / Running
Location Davidson (NC)
Difficulty Easy
Length 0.8 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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