South Fork Rail Trail
ElevationAscent: 7' 2 m
Descent: -10' -3 m
High: 752' 229 m
Low: 744' 227 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 1% (0°)
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“A scenic and flat natural surface trail great for a four mile out and back run along the river.”— Brandon Thrower
Visitors to the trail can experience one of Lincoln County's finest natural areas, including mature floodplain forests along the South Fork Catawba River, a bald cypress swamp, rock outcrops, and lovely wildflowers. The preserve also provides important habitat for migratory songbirds and other wildlife species.
You can see the historic Laboratory Mill across the South Fork River which is now an event venue. This site was known as Lincolnton Cotton Factory 1819-1863.
Parking is available at 2677 Laboratory Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.
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