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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
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.
For additional information, see Mecklenburg County's West Branch Nature Preserve MAP.
Visit Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation for more information about the West Branch Nature Preserve or contact:
Parks & Recreation Department
5841 Brookshire Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28216