665 Black Rd
Salisbury, NC 28146
Friday-Sunday, 8 AM - 5 PM
Port-a-John at parking area (no drinkable water source)
Several picnic tables at parking area
Canoe access (100 yard carry)*
3 back-to-back loop trails
Officially opened on June 16th 2001, the Preserve includes 100 acres of deeded land and approximately 100 acres of land on long-term lease from Yadkin Power Generating Incorporated, a division of the Aluminum Company of America.
Donated to the citizens of Rowan County by the Land Trust for Central North Carolina, the property was originally purchased with money donated by local Foundations and individuals. The Land Trust administers a conservation easement over the property to insure the perpetual high care given to the natural quality of the property.
The Preserve provides a natural habitat for fauna and flora native to the area including white-tailed deer, wild turkey, Bald eagles and more. Over three miles of trails including observation overlooks will eventually allow the visitor to enjoy the entire 200 acres and it’s natural features. Currently, a little over three miles of trails including a self-interpretive tree and plant identification loop, canoe access to High Rock Lake*, and an additional hiking trail leading to beautiful isolated coves are open to the hiker and nature lover. The trail is adequate for biking with fat tired bikes. No horses are allowed.
*Canoe access is only usable during the months of high lake water in the summer. It does require a 100 yard carry to get to the water at that level. There is a cable that will allow the canoe or kayak to be slid instead of carried down to the water that was installed as an eagle scout project. But the access is limited to the lake being at almost full capacity due to the shallow nature of the cove.