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Latta Plantation Nature Center and Preserve

6211 Sample Road

Latta Plantation Nature Preserve is the County's largest nature preserve and protects over 1,343 acres of natural communities including the Beatties Ford Basic Forest natural heritage site. The preserve forms a green peninsula extending into Mountain Island Lake, the drinking water source for over 700,000 residents in Mecklenburg and Gaston counties. Its diversity of natural communities includes upland and bottom land hardwood forests, open fields, streams, and a Piedmont Prairie restoration site protecting the federally endangered Schweinitz's sunflower and Michaux's sumac. The Preserve is part of the Mountain Island Lake Important Bird Area, designated by the National Audubon Society due to its diversity of wintering waterfowl, breeding and migratory songbird species, and protection of bottom land hardwood forests, a threatened natural community in North Carolina.


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Sunday, June 10, 2018
Super fun for little one. Right at the entrance so it’s easy in and out. The people are always very nice and welcoming. They have a few exhibits with snakes and turtles so surely will be interesting for all kids. The shop has a few great nerdy toys that are fun to play with, for all ages. Check them out then hit some trails. Will make your day.

Mark Woitkiewicz

Monday, July 2, 2018
Great trails and hiking from latta. Best of the big local lakes for paddling as there isn't as much motor traffic. If it's your first time, expect the water to be turbid. Its clean enough, just very silty.

Carla McClure

Sunday, May 27, 2018
I walked Cattail Trail, which is a bit under a mile, partly along the shore with water views and partly through the woods. There’s a short pier, several good fishing spots and benches or picnic tables where you can have “your own space.” From the parking area, there’s a short paved trail that takes you to Cattail Trail. It was a warm day, but the shade and the cool breeze off the water made for a pleasant walk. Lots of families and couples, but it’s not too crowded.

Kurt S

Friday, April 6, 2018
Exceptional place to spend an afternoon - Lace up the hikers, fill up the water bottle, and just open your eyes. We have seen so much out here - time and time again. Wildlife is endless. If you do a little planning, and think its possible, you can easy put in 10 miles on the trails here! (Maybe a horse ride is your thing - that's an option too!)

Chris A.K.T.

Saturday, March 3, 2018
Just went here for the first time ever. My husband and I definitely enjoyed it. The park ranger was so funny and entertaining. He helped us pick out a good trail to take. We ended up walking a little over 5 Miles. It was very relaxing, not many people on the trail. Definitely a great place to hike. Will be going back.

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