Lake Haigler Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Anne Springs Close Greenway is a nature preserve opened in 1995 by members of the Close family who have owned the land for over 200 years. The 2300-acre Greenway, located just south of Charlotte, North Carolina, is a beautiful park-like facility that is managed with no assistance from the federal or state government. Annual memberships and day-use fees currently provide the funding to operate the park. Known as the Great Wagon Road, Nation Ford Road, which runs northeast from Lake Haigler, lies within the Anne Springs Close Greenway.
European settlers developed this path in the early years of our nation, and learned the route from the Catawba Indians who valued it as an ancient trading route. During the Civil War, the Greenway also hosted Jefferson Davis, who used a plantation home at the northern part of the park as the final meeting place of his cabinet prior to the end of the Civil War."