Trail

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
Yes

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.