Inside Latta Nature Preserve

Latta Plantation Nature Preserve Detail

Make a day of it and experience all that Latta Nature Preserve has to offer. Hike, canoe, ride horses, tour historic homes and don't forget to bring a picnic. Photo by Evelyn McCorkle.

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Latta Nature Preserve is Mecklenburg County's largest nature preserve and protects over 1,343 acres of natural communities including the Beatties Ford Basic Forest natural heritage site.

Latta Nature Preserve

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.

Latta Nature Center

Latta Nature Preserve offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Canoe and kayak enthusiasts will find two landing areas that provide access to Gar Creek and Mountain Island Lake. Numerous fishing opportunities are available. Anglers ages 16 and older must have a NC State Fishing License.

For more information or to register for programs, call the Nature Center at (704) 875-1391.



Rural Hill 

Rural Hill is a historic site, nature preserve, field trip destination, cultural events site, farm, and all around great place to get away from one’s daily stresses in life. Bring your students to experience excellence during their fascinating and unique educational programs focusing on history, science, creative thinking, reading, and even math! Stop by and enjoy the solitude of nature that only 265 secluded acres can provide while hiking their extensive network of trails. Visit Rural Hill and feel the rush of communal excitement with several thousand new friends at one of our cultural events. Step back in time as you step through our cabin’s doorway, smelling the delicious smells of food cooking over an open hearth. Hear the ringing of the blacksmith’s hammer, the chop of the woodworker’s adze, and the blast of the militiaman’s musket. For more information, visit their website.