In 2002, Mecklenburg County purchased Brackett Bluff for watershed protection for the Rocky River. Located on the east side of Davidson off Shearer Road, Brackett Bluff (now renamed the Rocky River Nature Preserve) is a 61 acre nature preserve in the Mecklenburg County system.
It is important to understand that a nature preserve is different from a park. A nature preserve is just that: a preservation of natural features. While a park also seeks to preserve natural features, by definition a park also allows for active types of recreation. By contrast, only passive recreation such as hiking is allowed in a nature preserve, and even at that access is typically limited.
Recently two naturalists from Mecklenburg County joined Roy Alexander, Executive Director of the Davidson Lands Conservancy, and DLC Board members Rodney Graham and Hayden Boyd for a tour of the Rocky River Nature Preserve. The photos in the slideshow above provide a visual understanding of this beautiful area.
The Rocky River Nature Preserve is owned by Mecklenburg County, and held in a conservation easement. The role of the Davidson Lands Conservancy is to enforce the conditions of the conservation easement. Conservation easements are just one way that the Davidson Lands Conservancy helps to protect the lands you love.