ATTENTION: The parking lot at Seven Oaks Preserve Trail is temporarily closed due to a downed tree. The trail is still accessible via Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

West Branch Rocky River Greenway

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.
Trail Uses
Accessible Experience Walking / hiking / running Paved surface biking
Location
Davidson (NC)
Length
1.1 miles, One Way
Difficulty
Easy
Surface
Pavement
Motorized Vehicles
Not Permitted
Fees
No
Pets
Permitted on leash
Parking Spaces
10 spaces
Restrooms
No
Hours
Dawn - Dusk

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. 

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  or see the MAP for more information, or contact:

Mecklenburg County
Gwen Cook
5841 Brookshire Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28216
980-314-1000
Park-Admin@mecklenburgcountync.gov
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Trailhead Information

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

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