Catawba Lands Conservancy's Seven Oaks Preserve in Belmont, just over 30 minutes west of Uptown Charlotte.
Good for both hiking and trail riding, the Seven Oaks Preserve Trail, part of the Carolina Thread Trail, is 2.8 miles (one way).
The biggest obstacles along the trail are roots and rocks. The trail also sports a handful of wooden footbridges. It's perfect for a hike and a pleasant place to ride for beginners and experienced bikers alike.
This quiet trail is popular among locals, but never overly crowded. A good place to be in nature whether you're on foot or two wheels.
Note: Bikes are not permitted on the trail after rain. If your bike leaves wheel prints, the trail is too wet to ride.
The Seven Oaks Preserve trailhead parking lot is located at 6900 S New Hope Rd, Belmont, NC 28012. The gravel lot has about a dozen parking spots and an information kiosk.
Don't forget to take:
- Shoes: Comfortable hiking shoes will do.
- Bikes and helmets: This is a great beginner trail.
- Bug spray: Keep the mosquitoes, gnats and ticks at bay.
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