Parks and Recreation

Buffalo Creek Preserve

Buffalo Creek Preserve is a 400 acre tract of land in the Town of Mount Pleasant that is owned by the Catawba Lands Conservancy. The land was donated to the Catawba Lands Conservancy by BB&T in 2011, and upon acquisition, the land was placed in a permanent conservation easement.

Buffalo Creek Preserve fulfills several roles, with active agricultural use of a portion of the property, as well as wildlife habitat, stream buffers and the Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail, which is part of the regional Carolina Thread Trail Network. The trail features a natural surface trail and gravel road overland connector used for walking, hiking, running, and mountain biking.  Visitors to Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail will first walk through a restored piedmont oak  savannah.  You will then walk along farm fields where a local farm is  growing hay and grains.  The trail then enters a young forest and follows along a bluff above Adams Creek.The trail ends in a lovely forest along the banks of Adams Creek.  The highlight of this section of trail is the view from a high bluff over Adams Creek that looks back towards the town of Mt. Pleasant.  Adams Creek is a tributary of Dutch Buffalo Creek.

Catawba Lands Conservancy is working to restored a piedmont oak-savannah at the trailhead.  This habitat type, which is home to numerous ground-nesting birds and prairie species, is in decline throughout the piedmont of the Carolinas.  CLC is working with the North Carolina Forestry Service, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, and US Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct routine prescribed fires to promote warm-season grasses and create habitat for many bird species including the imperiled Grasshopper Sparrow and Northern Shrike.

The farmland portion of the Preserve, over 130-acres, is leased to a local farmer here in Cabarrus County.  The farmer has implemented Best Management Practices which supports farming and wildlife.  While enjoying this property, please be respectful of this local farm's hard work to grow hay and grains (Corn, Soybeans, and Wheat) that are used to feed local cattle. Click on the link below to view a map and additional information about Buffalo Creek Preserve and the trail.

Buffalo Creek Preserve and Trail Information