Twenty minutes outside of Charlotte, NC there is a land conservation project that totals over 16,000 acres. This is the stunning, sprawling Catawba Land Conservancy. So get out of your Charlotte apartment to see their area’s beauty.
Text by Annika Bastian
Catawba Lands Conservancy offers over 250 miles of trails for people in the Charlotte area, all free to hike. Their preserved areas, like the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, connect nature and city. They hold group biking events along this as well as other trails.
Catawba Lands Conservancy Events for All
Native Plants and Animals
Also open to the public is the Whitehall Nature Preserve. This shallow swamp is present in fall and winter but dries up in the summer. It’s also home to rare marbled and spotted salamanders.
Buffalo Creek Preserve, another Conservancy Holding, was going to be a subdivision. Instead, it’s now home to a working farm and a Piedmont Oak savannah. The savannah provides a special home for wildlife. In addition, Buffalo Creek Preserve’s forests filter the water. The Preserve also boasts two miles of trails.