Latta Plantation Nature Preserve

Map of TRACK Trail at Latta Plantation

The Latta Plantation Nature Preserve TRACK Trail adventures can be used throughout the Preserve, but are designed as guides for Audubon, Cattail, Treasure Tree, and Beechwood Trails.

Cattail Trail is an easy, half mile loop that follows the edge of a peninsula along Mountain Island Lake. Look for fairy houses along the half mile loop of the Audubon Trail. Treasure Tree Trail is an easy, 0.7 mile loop trail that provides the opportunity to view century-old trees. Beechwood Trail is a moderate, 1 mile loop that offers opportunities to walk amongst some of the largest American beech trees in the Preserve.

Latta Plantation Nature Preserve is the County's largest nature preserve and protects over 1,343 acres of natural communities including the Beatties Ford Basic Forest natural heritage site. The preserve forms a green peninsula extending into Mountain Island Lake, the drinking water source for over 700,000 residents in Mecklenburg and Gaston counties. Its diversity of natural communities includes upland and bottom land hardwood forests, open fields, streams, and a Piedmont Prairie restoration site protecting the federally endangered Schweinitz's sunflower and Michaux's sumac. The Preserve is part of the Mountain Island Lake Important Bird Area, designated by the National Audubon Society due to its diversity of wintering waterfowl, breeding and migratory songbird species, and protection of bottom land hardwood forests, a threatened natural community in North Carolina.

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Collectible sticker for Latta Plantation

Location Details

Recreational Features: Canoe / Kayak, Picnic Tables, Fishing, Interpretive Programs, Birding
Amenities: Restrooms, Nature Center
ADA Compliant: No
Seasonality: Open all year
Sandy path next to lake
Picnic shelter with grill
Dirt path in the forest
Sheltered benches with stone firepit
Bird house on pole in the lake
Large tree
Fishing dock
Dirt trail through the forest
Wide trail through the forest

Adventures for Latta Plantation Nature Preserve

Bug Out brochure
Hiking

Latta Plantation: Bug Out

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.00
The "Bug Out" brochure is an investigation into the creepy crawlies of the forest. This adventure will help kids learn how to tell the difference between insects, spiders and other arthropods... as well as identify some of the more common bugs along the trail.
Bilingual Hide and Seek brochure
Hiking

Latta Plantation: Bilingual Hide & Seek

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.00
El Juego Del Escondite En La Naturaleza/Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Written in both Spanish and English, discover new things hiding in nature with the help of this bilingual brochure.
Hikin' to Find Lichen brochure
Hiking

Latta Plantation: Hikin' to Find Lichen

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.00
This brochure-led adventure takes kids deep into the mysterious world of lichen. Kids will discover the three different forms lichen can take, and some of the features that make the lichen lifestyle unique. Kids will also read the Lichen story about Alice Algae and Freddy Fungi to help them remember how lichens work.
Birds of the Piedmont brochure
Hiking

Latta Plantation: Birds of the Piedmont

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
1.00
The Birds of the Piedmont brochure shows kids how to identify birds along the trail. The brochure contains illustrations of some of the more common woodland birds and information on how to identify them through various clues.

Directions

6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
Latitude: 35.355868200000
Longitude: -80.909922300000

For directions and other information, please click here for the Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve's website.

Partners

The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

The Latta Plantation Nature Preserve TRACK Trail was made possible through a partnership between the Blumenthal Foundation, Mecklenburg County, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids in Parks program.