Looking for a place to enjoy this glorious weather?
Plan a visit to the Lake Davidson Nature Preserve behind Davidson Day School. Walking trails, picnic tables, benches and a gazebo with a view of the lake have been added to the preserve, thanks to grants from REI and the hard work of a several groups of DLC volunteers.
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.
Before the creation of Lake Davidson Nature Preserve, there was no public access to Lake Davidson. That changed in late 2010 when the Davidson Lands Conservancy, with a grant from REI and the cooperation of the Town of Davidson and Davidson Day School, built 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 enjoy the view, and a midway canoe/kayak rack allows lake enthusiasts to literally take a load off of their shoulders.
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.
The entrance to Lake Davidson Nature Preserve is on Jetton Street, just behind Davidson Day School.