Flat Branch Nature Preserve

Charlotte, NC
Length: 0.45 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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If you are looking for a short and easy hike, this is your trail! Flat Branch Nature Preserve is part of an old farmland and upland depression swap forest. The preserve has a shelter with picnic tables and restrooms. There is a short natural and crushed gravel .45mi loop trail with a small boardwalk area over the swamp. And as the name suggests, it is completely flat!
A very low key hike that is perfect for beginners.

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Trail Features

Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Mud Puddles, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, and Shelter

Not very far into the trail is a “mini Stonehenge.” This is a fun group of rocks that the kids can play on and around.
A short boardwalk extends from the loop over the upland depression swap. The area has many informative signs about the area.

Trail Contributor

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Hi, I am Amanda and branch co-ambassador for the Charlotte, NC group. I am a native West Virginian, but have also lived in Missouri and Ohio. My usual hiking buddies are my boys (ages 2 & 5), with my husband joining occasionally. We love to get outside and explore.

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Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.