West Branch Nature Preserve Trail

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From West Branch Rocky River Greenway

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

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


Trailhead Location: West Branch Nature Preserve: MAP



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 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 brochure and 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: 704-432-1570


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The West Branch Nature Preserve Trail is a natural surface trail located at the end of the West Branch Rocky River Greenway in Davidson, NC. The trail winds through 90 acres of wetland that was protected by Mecklenburg County in 2008.

Quick Facts

Trail Uses Walking / Hiking / Running
Location Davidson (NC)
Difficulty Easy
Length0.8 miles, One Way
Surface Natural surface
Fees No
PetsPermitted on leash
Motorized vehiclesNot Permitted
ADA CompliantNo
Number of parking spaces10
Hours of operationDawn - Dusk

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