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Five Insta-Worth Spots Protected by Catawba Lands Conservancy

Cable Point - Donna de Molina and her daughter Julia de Molina. Donna is on the CTT Governing Board.

Its no secret – these days, it’s all about the ‘gram. And what is more instagramable than nature? Maybe a dog, but even a dog is better in nature! The thing is, not everyone is in-the-know about where you can capture the perfect nature shot without venturing far from home, so we’ve compiled a list of what we would consider the top five places for insta-worthy nature shots surrounding Charlotte:

Buffalo Creek PreserveBuffalo Creek Preserve

Located in Cabarrus County, this 393-acre preserve is a working farm and home to a segment of the Carolina Thread Trail. Visit this preserve for an awesome shot of the beautiful bluffs along Adams Creek and Dutch Buffalo Creek.

Photo: South Fork Trail by Debbie WarrenHistoric Rhyne Conservation Area

The Historic Rhyne Conservation Area is home to the South Fork Rail Trail, which winds through the 60-acre Paul and Agnes Rhyne Preserve. The trail takes you along the turbulent South Fork River and past the Historic Laboratory Mill and Dam, which was a functioning cotton factory dating back to 1819.

Big Leaf MagnoliaRedlair Farm and Forest

This nearly 1,200-acre property is a private property protected by Catawba Lands Conservancy and is home to the amazing Big Leaf Magnolias. You’ll have rare chance for a photo opp on one of our “Hike through the Big Leafs” hikes, hosted in the spring each year. Because this is a private property, this is the only chance you’ll have to get a photo next to these magnificent trees and their massive blooms, so be on the lookout for a hike signup.


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Seven Oaks PreserveSeven Oaks Preserve

This 77-acre preserve protects over 2 miles of shoreline on Lake Wylie, making it the longest undeveloped stretch of shoreline on the entire lake. As you travel down this segment of the Carolina Thread Trail, the Seven Oaks Preserve Trail, you’ll see lake views, hardwood forests and fields of wildflowers.

Catawba River from RiverwalkRiverwalk to Founders Trail

This segment of the Carolina Thread Trail leads you over a paved trail at the Riverwalk: Piedmont Medical Center Trail, and then onto the beautiful natural surface Founders Trail. You’ll see amazing views of the Catawba River and really feel connected to nature. Be sure to checkout he overlook on the Founders Trail segment for an awesome photo opp!