Latta Plantation - Huntersville (Easy hike) "Hikey New Year"

Our last hike of 2013, by popular demand! Get some fresh air before the New Years celebrations. This is a good hike to bring families and out of town guests.

Location: Latta Plantation Nature Preserve (Charlotte/Mecklenburg County), For Park info: Click HERE

Description: We'll meet at the Latta Plantation Nature/Visitor Center at 9:45am and start hiking at 10:00. We will traverse parts of several trails in the Preserve to create an easy-to-moderate out and back loop. The trails will pass through sections of woods and open spaces. The hike will take 2 hours +/-.

  • Each hiker is responsible for their water and snacks.
  • Dogs ARE allowed, but must be on a six foot leash.
  • Remember to arrange carpool where possible. Use the Discussion Board post on carpooling for more info.

Directions to the Latta Plantation Nature/Visitor Center:

Traveling north on I-77: Take Exit 16B, Sunset Road West. Follow Sunset Rd. West until the second light and turn right onto Beatties Ford road. Proceed north for 4.8 miles until you reach Sample Road (directly across from Hopewell Presbyterian Church). Turn left on Sample Road (it’s a narrow break in the stone wall).

Traveling south on I-77: Take Exit 23, Huntersville. Turn right off the exit to Gilead Road. Take the third left, McCoy Road. At the stop sign, turn right on Beatties Ford Road. Turn left on Sample Road (it’s a narrow break in the stone wall).

Once in the park, go about half a mile.  Just past the Nature Center and turn right on the gravel road and park at the "Horse Trailer" lot, then walk over to the center and we'll go from there.

NOTE: We will get together for lunch at Lancaster's after the hike, if anyone's interested. They have the best bbq and fried chicken in the area and is worth the visit; beer and drinks are available, too. Hope to see you there!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed the hiking and look forward to do more

    December 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Delightful first hike after several years. Just challenging enough to get a good workout, beautiful lake view. Wonderful conversations along the way. Looking forward to others in 2014.

    December 31, 2013

  • Rosemarie R.

    Great first hike with this group! Looking forward to more in 2014.

    1 · December 31, 2013

  • Robert J.

    Great hike and fun group at lunch.

    December 31, 2013

  • P. L.

    Great hike! Sorry I couldn't stay for lunch. Next time!

    December 31, 2013

  • Jane D.

    What a lovely day and as always it was delightful to meet new people. Thanks Dave for organizing this event. Happy New Year.

    December 31, 2013

  • Michelle D.

    Another great hike and the weather was perfect! Thanks Dave for organizing this traditional "hikey"! Happy New Year to everyone!

    December 31, 2013

  • Herminia

    It was a great hike with a wonderful group of people! Thank you David and Happy New Year!

    December 31, 2013

  • David C.

    Nice day. Friendly people.

    December 31, 2013

  • Stacey

    Another great hike. Thanks Dave!

    December 31, 2013

  • Debra P.

    Great way to end the year.

    December 31, 2013

  • Judi B.

    Beautiful day. Great experience.

    December 31, 2013

  • David K.

    Great way to end the year with fresh air, some good exercise and excellent folks. Happy 2014!!

    December 31, 2013

  • Betty T.

    oops...thought this was a New Years DAY hike.

    December 31, 2013

  • fariba

    I am so sorry...I was busy with some family issues..and unable to attend:(

    December 31, 2013

  • brant l.

    personal matter, will not be able to make the hike, so break a leg, wait that's show biz huh

    December 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Running a little late but will be there in about 10.

    December 31, 2013

  • Charles L.

    I am sorry but I have a work committment

    December 31, 2013

  • Charles L.

    I am sorry but I have a work committment

    December 31, 2013

  • Kerstin

    I have to work half a day, but would like to come by for lunch.

    December 31, 2013

    • David K.

      That will be great. Expect to find us at Lancasters around 12:30 +/-.

      December 31, 2013

  • Lisa N.

    Would love to join the hike but have to work :(

    December 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first meet up with this group. Please come up and say hello!

    1 · December 30, 2013

    • Debra P.

      Welcome. You won't find a nicer group of people. I look forward to meeting you in the morning.

      December 30, 2013

  • Emily D.

    I have my mom from out of town with me...hopefully next time...have fun

    December 30, 2013

  • Kelly

    So sorry, my foot is not healed as I hoped it would be :( I will have to miss this one :(

    December 30, 2013

  • Tracy K.

    I'm self-employed, so there's work I should be doing but could probably get away with not doing right away, so this walk is really tempting; any idea how many folks you might have in on this?

    December 30, 2013

    • David K.

      I always assume everyone will show up. It could be 110 or it could be 80. Either way, we'll have a crowd. But it's fun.

      December 30, 2013

  • Brian B.

    Looking forward to exploring Latta. One park that I have not been to yet.

    December 30, 2013

  • Julie

    I am sorry I have to miss the hike David

    December 29, 2013

  • Jeff C.

    I enjoy hiking and live in this area. I look forward to meeting new people.

    December 29, 2013

  • kim

    Sorry, I will have to miss this one. So disappointed that I will have to work that day. Have fun folks!!!

    December 25, 2013

  • Mike W.

    I had this on the wrong day. Have to work.

    December 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

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    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds like fun....If I don't have to work I would love to attend

    December 8, 2013

  • kim

    Will try to make it.

    November 29, 2013

  • Julie

    hey david, if it is not too cold, I will try to be at the hike. Lunch also!

    1 · November 26, 2013

  • Kelly

    never mind... got it.

    November 25, 2013

  • Kelly

    I accidently added +1 to my RSVP.. how do I change that?

    November 25, 2013

  • Kelly

    Just joined the group. This sounds like a good ending to this year and a good start for next year.

    1 · November 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've never been to the Latta Plantation and have always wanted to go, so I guess this will be a great chance to go! Looking forward to a fun morning!

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • antoinette f.

    been a long time hiking with this group and new years eve is a perfect way to end the year and start a new one. lunch sounds good too. my two guests are a possibility. HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all

    November 16, 2013

  • Bonnie W.

    This hike sounds like fun, David, and lunch at Lancaster's does, too1 I may see if my daughter, Stacy, the administrator of the Women's Walking group wants to go with me.

    November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    may bring my black lab

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I was there hiking Sunday. Had a great time walking around the lake with my boxer.

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • Ginny

    Hi. I was just curious as to which trail you might be planning to hike on. There are several and they are somewhat different from each other, all enjoyable.

    October 20, 2013

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