South Fork Trail at Pharr Yarns Preserve

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Trail Distance: 2 miles
Time Estimate: 50 min
Elevation Gain: 114 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Unknown
Description
The South Fork Trail just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina in Lowell is about 2 miles long with a minimal elevation change. It follows the south fork of the Catawba River, and is a lovely hike for adults, kids and leashed dogs alike. Part of the trail passes through the lovely and forested Pharr Yarns Preserve.

The marked, packed dirt trail is shady and wide enough for you and your pooch to walk side by side. On the north end in Lowell, you'll find access to the trail and streetside neighborhood parking at the end of Catawba Run Road. This trail is pawrfect for families with children because of its ease and abundance of lush flora and fauna to investigate. Many turtles have made this their home and can be seen forming long parades along the bank or up the side of a boulder. Many birds perch in the trees and dart above you, songbirds as well as raptors. 

Typically slow-moving and tranquil, the Catawba becomes a rushing river after a heavy rainfall as it tumbles over the rapids formed by the rocky riverbed. Often the water floods the flat river's edge and causes muddy hiking conditions for human and dog, while deadfall in the river and across the path tells the story of this aged forest.

If you and Fido are up for a water adventure, there's access points along the trail for canoes and kayaks to put in. Be sure to remember to bring a lifejacket for the fur-baby. Also carry plenty of water for this trail, especially in the summer when the temperatures soar. Clean-up bags should be on hand as well.

The South Fork Trail is part of the "Butterfly Highway," a network of trails and parks graced with many flowering shrubs and plants that attract butterflies, bees and birds who rely on pollen and who then continue to pollinate the region. 

The trail ends after it has passed under the highway and into McAdenville, where there is a parking lot and trail access off of Willow Drive.

Quiet and peaceful because it isn't well known, the South Fork Trail is the pawrfect destination for an afternoon of solitude. The only crowds you'll find here are the mosquitoes!

Trail Features
Muddy, Rocky, Beach, Forest, River, Wetland
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Many rocks and roots obstruct this trail, so watch your footing. Remember to bring bug spray as the mosquitoes are abundant.
Address
119 Willow Dr
McAdenville, NC 28101
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Address
119 Willow Dr
McAdenville, NC 28101
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset