Charlotte Opened Its Newest Nature Preserve – Flat Branch


Charlotte’s Park and Recreation Department recently 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 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