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Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail

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 4.0 (12) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail is a 4.2-mile, out-and-back trail which is part of the Carolina Thread Trail.


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Map Key

4.2

Miles

6.7

KM

99%

Runnable

631' 192 m

High

509' 155 m

Low

192' 59 m

Up

192' 59 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · River/Creek · Wildlife

Overview

The Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail is 2.1 miles one way, or 4.2 miles for the entire out-and-back. It is preserved by the Catawba Lands Conservancy. The natural surface trail travels through restored oak-savanna, farmland, and also follows along Adams Creek. The trail follows a lovely forest along the banks of Adams Creek ending where the forest and farmland meet a neighborhood subdivision. The highlight of this section of trail is the view from a high bluff over Adams Creek that looks back towards the town of Mt. Pleasant. Adams Creek is a tributary of Dutch Buffalo Creek.

Description

The Buffalo Creek Trail is located in Cabarrus County and features natural surface along with gravel road which is popular for walking, hiking, running and mountain biking.

The trail starts winding through a restored oak-savanna and then meanders along farm fields of hay and grain. Before the trail finishes, it enters a younger forest and then along a bluff over Adams Creek. This is a popular trail for birders, home to many bird species including two ground-nesting birds; the imperiled Grasshopper Sparrow and Northern Shrike.

With help from the North Carolina Forestry Service and other agencies, routine prescribed fires are conducted to promote the warm-season grasses and create habitat for many bird species and other wildlife.

Flora & Fauna

You'll likely see a variety of birds along this route, so keep an eye out!

Contacts

Shared By:

Kristen Arendt with improvements by Carolina Thread Trail

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  4.0 from 12 votes

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Bridge at Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail
Jun 18, 2019 near Mount P…, NC
Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail
Jun 18, 2019 near Mount P…, NC
A suspension bridge provides easy passage over Adams Creek.
Jan 4, 2017 near Mount P…, NC

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Nov 27, 2016
Andy Gordon
Ran out and back. 4.3 miles total. Great trail for training. Not a lot of parking