Charlotte’s Park and Recreation Department just opened our city’s newest nature preserve in a rapidly developing area of South Charlotte between Ballantyne and Waverly.
The Flat Branch Nature Preserve was built to protect 42 acres of undeveloped woodland and one of the last remaining upland depression swamp forest communities in Mecklenburg County.
The city held an official ribbon cutting ceremony this past Wednesday morning;
This morning was the official grand opening of the new Flat Branch Nature Preserve located at 11833 Tom Short Road in CLT! This preserve includes a 0.45-mile natural surface trail w/ a boardwalk, a small parking lot, and a shelter w/ bathrooms. Be sure to check it out! pic.twitter.com/Z1sw7nZokl
— Park and Recreation (@MeckParkRec) November 15, 2017
The preserve features a boardwalk that meanders through a rich swamp forest;
and a looped trail for a casual walks
or brisk runs with your furry friends
and even includes Charlotte’s first mini-stonehenge;
The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department’s Division of Nature Preserves and Natural Resources currently manages over 7,600 acres of parkland that provide wildlife habitat, protect high quality forests, provide water quality protection for our lakes and streams and countless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors with 35 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, fishing piers, canoe/kayak launches and wildlife viewing areas, according to MeckNC.gov.