Dan Nicholas Park Trail

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Dan Nicholas Park Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Salisbury, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.6 miles
144 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly




nature trips

trail running


bird watching





This is a trail within Dan Nicholas park in Rowan County, NC. The park is open 7 days a week, although non-camping visitor hours vary by season as to the availability of the attractions such as miniature golf, a zoo, paddle boats, and kiddie rides. It is usually open at the least from 8am-5pm during it's shortest hours. There is a parking lot near the lake and although the loop around the lake isn't technically part of the official trail, it is easy to add it to the route. There are about 10 bridges to cross during the trail and there is some moderate inclines although they are not long in length.

3 months ago

great trail for just hiking through woods. there's a short part that's a loop around the park pond. it's on the moderate side of easy. has some up and downs but nothing bad.

4 months ago

lovely easy walk around a lake. it can be a little muddy at times, but its a neat trail. doesn't take too long to walk even with kids and a slight disability. its not very flat though, watch your footing.

10 months ago

great to bring kids to

Monday, December 04, 2017

Very good running trail. A good bit of ascending and descending on the back side.

trail running
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

I love this trail. Unlike those you may find at other nearby parks this one isn't paved, or gravel covered, so you'll experience uneven terrain, tree roots, etc. However, for the most part the path is cleared of debris. Depending on the season, in the late evening, you get the added bonus of seeing an abundance of mallards and geese resting near the lakes edge as they settle in for the night, along with plenty of squirrels running about. Additionally, the park is pretty far away from the main road so you don't have to deal with hearing traffic. Overall, a great little spot.

nature trips
Thursday, October 12, 2017

This is a nice walk. I definitely wouldn't rate it as moderate. it's fairly easy. the scenery is nice and the park is fun.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Very easy walking trail. Not too exciting to hike. I want to go back to putt putt and paddle boat but that is about it.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

This is my go-to trail for my usual exercise. Has cool bridges and a nice lake to walk around. I run across other hikers from time to time, but not as much as I would expect form this park. Perhaps it is more well traveled during the summer. The trail is well marked with blue numbered blazes.

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