trail map on the information kiosk in the parking lot before you set out. Follow the paved road from the parking lot to the trailheads.
I recommend taking a right on the Wetlands Trail (black square blazes) to start, following it over a boardwalk to the Beech Walk Trail (blue triangles blazes) that will then connect you by taking a right to the Covered Bridge Trail (green circle blazes) to enjoy a couple of the park features. Follow the Covered Bridge Trail until it becomes the Irwin Creek Trail (yellow square blazes), which will lead you back to the paved road you began on. This hike is approximately two miles. The trails are well-marked.
Fun fact: RibbonWalk derived its name from Queen Charlotte's family's gardens, through which pathways "ribboned" their way though the woods.
There are porta-potties in the main parking lot, but no restroom facilities.
How to get there:
RibbonWalk Nature Preserve is located at 4601 Nevin Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269. From the parking lot, follow the paved road past the gates to the forest line, where several trails begin.
Don't forget to take:
- Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses: The trails are mostly shaded, but there are some open areas.
- Bug repellant: To ward off mosquitoes, ticks and gnats.
- Water: There are no facilities to refill, so bring what you think you'll need.
- Comfortable walking shoes: Note that most of the trails are easy, natural surface pathways, but there's a chance your feet will get wet crossing the boardwalk if you choose to take the Wetlands Trail after a heavy rain.