this 3.7-mile hike with me on foot, the kids on bikes, and the dog running alongside, and everyone was happy with the outing.
The preserve trails are shady, mostly flat, not too technical, and well marked with spray-paint blazes (orange squares, yellow triangles and blue circles) on trees.
Some considerations to note:
- Don't go after rain. There are several low-lying areas that are prone to swampy flooding and your feet will get soaked. I understand plans are in the works for a boardwalk or footbridge over one particularly squishy area near the beginning of the trail.
- Look for wildlife! During our visit, we spotted a pack of deer and a heron.
- Though it's currently closed to the general public due to the pandemic, the Nature Center offers small group programs. You can check those out here.
How to get there: Steven's Creek Nature Center and Preserve are located at 15700 Thompson Rd., Mint Hill, North Carolina 28227.
Don't forget to pack:
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Water and snacks
- Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen
- Bug spray