West Branch Rocky River Greenway

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Trailhead

Trailhead Location: Connecting South Prong Rocky River Greenway/Southeast Greenway/Davidson Greenway MAP

Parking Address and Trailhead Location: Approximately 18444-458 Shearer Road, Davidson, NC 28036 MAP

Trailhead Location: Connecting West Branch Nature MAP

Description

The West Branch Rocky River Greenway is a 1.1-mile, out-and-back segment of the Carolina Thread Trail. Walkers, runners, and bikers will enjoy using this trail, which is owned and maintained by Mecklenburg County.The greenway also serves as a connector to the West Branch Nature Preserve, a natural surface trail that runs along the 90 acres of wetland preserved by Mecklenburg County in 2008. Nearby greenways in Davidson can also be reached via connecting sidewalk sections. Click here to view a map of the greenway segments in Davidson.

The West Branch Rocky River Greenway winds through Piedmont alluvial forest, and visitors will enjoy the shade provided by the canopy of sweet gum, black walnut, and tulip poplar trees. The close proximity to the river provides an opportunity for greenway travelers to view many species of frogs and other amphibians. The small birdhouses placed along the trail provide shelter for many species of local songbirds which are frequently visible along the trail.

Other Information

*Special note: bikes are permitted along the greenway, but are not permitted on the natural surface trails of the West Branch Nature Preserve.

Trail Manager

Visit Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation  for more information, click here for a printable map or contact:

Mecklenburg County
Parks & Recreation Department
5841 Brookshire Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28216
Phone: 704-432-1570
Gwen.Cook@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

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The West Branch Rocky River Greenway is a 1.1-mile paved segment of the Carolina Thread Trail, and is one of the many greenways owned and maintained by Mecklenburg County. The greenway also serves as a connector trail to the West Branch Nature Preserve Trail.

Quick Facts

Trail Uses Walking / Hiking / Running
Paved Surface Biking
Location Davidson (NC)
Difficulty Easy
Length1.1 miles, One Way
Surface Pavement
Fees No
PetsPermitted on leash
Motorized vehiclesNot Permitted
ADA CompliantYes
Number of parking spaces10 spaces
RestroomsNo
Hours of operationDawn - Dusk

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When biking, wear a helmet and use a bell to signal your approach to other trail users. Consider bringing a spare tube and pump so that you can fix a flat tire and offer help to other cyclists in need. When riding on roads, bike in the same direction as traffic.

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