Lake Davidson Nature Preserve
Lake Davidson is a pristine body of water adjacent to Lake Norman, but separated from its larger neighbor by the I-77 causeway and regulations that prohibit the motorcraft that populate Lake Norman. Thus, its serenity makes it a favorite for those who wish to travel by canoe or kayak. The Lake Davidson Nature Preserve, covers a seven acres peninsular behind the Davidson Day School. The Nature Preserve is managed by the DLC in conjunction with the Town of Davidson which holds a permanent easement on the property through their department of Parks and Recreation.
The Davidson Lands Conservancy, with a grant from REI and the cooperation of the Town of Davidson and Davidson Day School, built and maintain an access trail and canoe/kayak launch on Lake Davidson. The trail begins on Jetton Street by the
Davidson Day athletic fields, then winds about 900 feet through a mature hardwood forest until reaching the launch point at lake Davidson. Along the way, benches provide a place to rest or just take in the outdoors, and a midway canoe/kayak rack allows lake enthusiasts to literally take a load off of their shoulders. The Town of Davidson offers permanent canoe storage on racks available through a lottery system. For information on how to enter the lottery for a canoe rack, click here.
When you visit, be sure to enjoy the gazebo featuring a beautiful view of Lake Davidson, and the series of benches constructed in the simple, sturdy style made famous by environmentalist, Aldo Leopold. The benches feature sketched or photographic plaques of wildlife in honor of a select group of the Conservancy’s founding members, Presidents and Board Members. Whether you wish to canoe or kayak or just enjoy a stroll in the woods, we encourage you to enjoy the beauty of Lake Davidson Nature Preserve.
For more information on the Lake Davidson Nature Preserve, see the Town of Davidson page here.