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Latta Nature Preserve has 16 miles of trails offering hikers, nature enthusiasts, and horseback riders the opportunity to explore a variety of terrain while enjoying scenic views of the lake, forests, and streams. It is the only Mecklenburg County property open to horseback riding. Thirteen (13) miles are designated as horseback and hiking trails and three (3) miles are designated as hiking only.

The county does not provide horses for rental. Due to the delicate nature of sharing trails with horses, mountain bikes are permitted only on paved roads within the preserve. 

>>All trails are marked with color symbols.

Visitors bringing their own horses can park their trailer in a designated horse trailer parking lot and base out of that location to explore the entire preserve. Proof of 12-month negative Coggins should be available for inspection.

>>Call 980-314-1004 for open/closed status of horse trails.

>>​Dogs are welcome on preserve trails, but must remain on a 6-foot or shorter leash at all times.

>>Dogs are not allowed on Raptor Center trails with the exception of trained service dogs.

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