Latta Plantation Nature Preserve Raptor Trail

Huntersville, North Carolina

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This pleasant balloon hike is a great excursion for families. The path starts at the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, where educational exhibits and native animal displays will get you excited about searching for specific plants and reptiles on the trail. From the nature center, the Hill Trail follows a rolling dirt road to connect with the Shady Trail. The Shady Trail makes a large 1.6-mile loop, and passes the main park road that provides close access to a picnic site and the Carolina Raptor Center. The raptor center provides a great place to rest and learn about birds of prey before completing the hike.
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by Jennifer Pharr Davis (Falcon Guides)

This pleasant balloon hike is a great excursion for families. The path starts at the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, where educational exhibits and native animal displays will get you excited about searching for specific plants and reptiles on the trail. From the nature center, the Hill Trail follows a rolling dirt road to connect with the Shady Trail. The Shady Trail makes a large 1.6-mile loop, and passes the main park road that provides close access to a picnic site and the Carolina Raptor Center. The raptor center provides a great place to rest and learn about birds of prey before completing the hike.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Huntersville
Distance: 2.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: About 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Latta Plantation Park
Local Maps: USGS Mountain Island Lake; basic trail maps are available for free inside the nature center and at trailhead kiosks
Driving Directions: Directions to Latta Plantation Nature Preserve: Raptor Trail

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May 2018