Latta Plantation Trail

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Latta Plantation Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Huntersville, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.4 miles Elevation Gain: 383 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

muddy

Please note that if it rains, this trail may become very muddy.

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muddy
washed out
8 days ago

Trails are very muddy due to all the recent rain. Water levels on Mountain Island Lake are very high. Water reaches the trails at some points.

hiking
muddy
29 days ago

Apparently January 1st is a NC holiday for free park tours.... very tourist-y but doubt that’s the norm.

Completed the Cove & Hill Trail on a cool fall morning. Latta Nature Preserve is located in Huntersville, NC bordering Mountain Island Lake. Trails are marked fairly well with enough density to give you that “in the woods” feel. The trail starts behind the Nature Center and loops around the Northeast portion of the park. Boat access is available in several areas of the park. Trail is also a well traveled equestrian trail so heads up. It’s a fairly easy trail with little or no inclines throughout your walk. This is a nice trail for a solo or group hike with kids. The trail is fairly quiet and part of the trail opens up to the private Latta Springs Community. Lake views, boating, horse riding, hiking and the Nature Center are all great reasons to do this hike.

hiking
1 month ago

This was the first time my pup & I had been to Latta & we loved it. The trails are awesome, you have a good variety of terrains. We will def be coming back soon, considering it’s so close which is another plus for us!!

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muddy
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over grown
rocky
3 months ago

There are definitely quiet parts of this trail: Cove Trail and Piedmont Prairie have less traffic. Be careful if you decide to explore Piedmont Prairie - in the autumn the path is covered in leaves and markers are not clear, one can get easily turned around.

horseback riding
3 months ago

Drove an hour to this location trails were dry however closed to horses due to previous rain in the week and horses cause erosion!

hiking
4 months ago

Much of the trail is a wide macadam. Well marked and slopes are pretty gentle. While there are some large rocks it is a relative easy walk/run in most places.

recorded Recording - Aug 11, 06:51 PM

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

Good basic trail, definitely more mild than medium. Only real danger is twisting an ankle on loose rocks or roots if you aren't looking. Parts of map are in accurate, though it may just be the way GPS is bouncing around with the low signal out here. Nice views of lake, but not terrible close to it despite what map indicates.

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bugs
7 months ago

Awesome trail, but I would highly suggest this one during fall, spring, or winter. The bugs during the summer are KILLER crazy!!

hiking
7 months ago

easy to get turned around on the trail

hiking
8 months ago

OK trail, main selling point is the proximity to the city. Good views of the lake. Flat and easy. Not as crowded as you would guess. If you have kids, make sure to stop by the nature center, they will love it!

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

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muddy
10 months ago

Wonderful trail with lake views. Watch out for horse poop! Mostly gravel with a few hills and some natural paths through creeks. The 5 mile loop isn’t clearly marked so we got turned around a few times. You have to combine hill trail + split rock and cove trail to create the “loop.” Follow the trail that hugs the lake back and you won’t get lost.

hiking
rocky
11 months ago

Tue Jan 22 2019

hill trail and split rock are groomed. some of cove trail is Rocky and roots. nice on a weekday.

Sun Dec 30 2018

We did about 3 miles because we had young kids in December. Perfect weather. Easy to walk pea gravel most of it. Nature center is nice because it has bathrooms and they have outdoor activity park. The park ranger also had a marshmallow roasting.

walking
Mon Nov 19 2018

Beautiful and so quiet. Went to see fall leaves and it was just so peaceful. Love the way the trails meander and intertwine, and I found several great spots to just sit and relax.

Wed Nov 07 2018

Very cool trail!!! We saw a turtle! so if that doesn't warrant a 5 star rating I don't know that will.

hiking
Sun Aug 05 2018

hiking
Wed Jul 11 2018

So much of this is for hiking or horses. The hiking only parts are great but the parts shared with horses is gravel which just an annoying walk as if it’s a gravel road. If they would just scrape a path beside the gravel sections it would be great. The feel and noise from a gravel road just don’t cut it

running
Sat Jun 23 2018

hiking
Sat Jun 16 2018

Great trails with lots of shade!

hiking
Sun Jun 10 2018

The trail is a combination of gravel, tennis size rocks and earth. Mostly shaded. Bring bug spray. Lake views.

running
Mon Jun 04 2018

Great place to go run trails. I did the hill trail and tacked on the cove trail for 5.5 miles. Got a little turned around coming back but hard to get really lost. Mostly there is tree cover but be aware there’s no tree cover for a good portion of the hill trail!

Mon Jan 01 2018

Hiked this trail on New Year’s Day. The temp was in the low thirties, and we hardly saw any one else out there. Not challenging with regards to hills, but ground leaf cover did hide many loose baseball sized rocks that made me keep eyes down for stretches. Lake was beautiful, the woods were quiet and peaceful. We will go back in the spring to see how the park changes. GPS measured the hike at 5.5 miles.

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