Latta Plantation Nature Preserve

View of a fishing pier along the Picnic Loop trail at the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve in Huntersville, North Carolina

View of the fishing pier along the water’s edge just off the paved 0.25 mile Picnic Loop Trail.
Anglers must have a valid fishing license. Daily fishing passes can also be purchased at the Nature Center for a nominal fee.

View of Mountain Island Lake from a bench at the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve in Huntersville, North Carolina

Along the Cattail Trail (an easy 0.5 mile loop) a shaded bench with spectacular views of Mountain Island Lake.

View of two rock outcrops in Mountain Island Lake at the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve in Huntersville, North Carolina.

Two rock outcrops in Mountain Island Lake can be seen along the Cattail Trail.

View from the northern Canoe Launch at the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve in Huntersville, North Carolina.

The northern Canoe Launch for Mountain Island Lake is a perfect place to launch your canoe for a peaceful paddle.

Limited car parking is available.

View of the mature hardwood forest along Split Rock Trail at the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve in Huntersville, North Carolina.

The mature hardwood forest along Split Rock Trail makes for a wonderful canopy in the summer heat.

Proper foot attire is recommended.

View of a typical leaf covered path at the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve in Huntersville, North Carolina.

Typical path along Split Rock Trail.

The Piedmont Prairie restoration site at the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve in Huntersville, North Carolina.

View of the Piedmont Prairie restoration site at the southern junction of Split Rock Trail and Hill Trail.

View from the most western point along Cattail Trail at the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve in Huntersville, North Carolina.

Beautiful view from the most western point along Cattail Trail. Have a seat on the bench or on the rocks at the edge of the lake before heading on to the second half of the trail.

A Lovely Park with an Interesting History

Covering an area of over 1,343 acres, Latta Plantation Nature Preserve is Mecklenburg County’s largest nature preserve. It forms a peninsula extending into Mountain Island Lake, which is the drinking water source for over 700,000 residents in Mecklenburg and Gaston counties.

Latta Plantation Nature Preserves features 16 miles (26 km) of trails giving hikers, nature enthusiasts or horseback riders the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of nature with its scenic views of Mountain Island Lake, its streams and forests. As hikers and horseback riders share most of the trails, mountain bikers are only permitted to use the paved roads within the preserve.

Hikers may want to wear firm shoes or hiking boots as most trails go through the forest with tree roots, smaller rocks or fallen tree branches covering sometimes parts of the trail.

Also, there are picnic tables throughout the park where you can rest, enjoy your picnic and of course the beautiful scenery.

Mountain Island Lake is also a great place for fishing. In order to fish on the lake, all anglers must have a valid North Carolina fishing license. Short-term licenses or annual inland licenses are available for non-residents and residents of North Carolina. The easiest way to obtain a license is to go online and purchase a license using your Visa card or MasterCard.

Latta Plantation Nature Preserve also offers canoe and kayak enthusiasts two landing areas with access to either Mountain Island Lake or Gar Creek.

Latta Equestrian Center

What about organizing a birthday party everybody will remember? The → Latta Equestrian Center offers unique birthday parties with pony rides, hay rides and pony express, all of which can be customized just for your event.

Historic Latta Plantation House

You may also want to visit the nearby → Historic Latta Plantation House, which was built by James Latta around 1800.

In the 1970s, after the Latta House had lain abandoned for over 20 years, a group of citizens recognized its historical and structural significance and rescued the dilapidated house, restored it and opened the Latta House to the public.

In 1972 the → Historic Latta Plantation House was included in the National Register of Historic Places.

The park has something to offer for everybody.

Hikers may want to wear firm shoes or hiking boots as most trails go through the forest with tree roots, smaller rocks or fallen tree branches covering sometimes parts of the trail.

Bicycle enthusiasts can enjoy many trails in the park.

Several picnic tables and wooden benches offer a wonderful opportunity to enjoy your lunch or are a great place to rest and to relax.