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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.

Angela Ashmore

Thursday, July 12, 2018
I like to kayak here- its a narrow area with lots of coves, so you don't get as much powered boat traffic which makes it more paddler friendly than Lake Norman. There's two places that you can launch, one of them is handicap accessible, and is very convenient for easy loading and launching even if you're able bodied. Parking is limited. There's also ~16 miles of hiking trail. You can get a free trail map from nature center on the way in, just past the gate on your right.

casey noles

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
We stopped in for a moment while waiting for some friends to go kayaking. Nice Nature center with information about local and NC native animal species. Great place to bring the kids while visiting Latta or the Raptor Center.

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.

Heather Whelan

Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
There is a good "warm up" stretching station to use before you hike. Also, I like that they appreciate bird watchers.

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