Rowan county trek spots

How it works

When you visit Rowan County to complete your Challenge miles, don’t forget to log your activity on our event page at When you submit your results and log your activity, make sure to add in the comment section that you completed a trail or paddle at a preferred County Trek Spot!! This will make you eligible to win the top spot for Most Adventurous Challenger, given to the individual who travels to the most County Trek Spots across the state!

Let’s get social 

Be sure to tag us on social media when posting pictures from your adventure with the following hashtags: #TRLToutdoorchallenge, #milesforconservation, and #TRLToutdoorsRoCo (use this tag specifically for your Rowan County adventures!)

Paddle trek spot

High Rock lake – Tamarac Marina

Address: 9120 Bringle Ferry Rd, Salisbury, NC 28146

GPS Coordinates: 35.61101”N, -80.30805”W

 Details: Located at 9120 Bringle Ferry Road in Salisbury, this location offeres a campground, a convenience store, and the After Dock restaurant, serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7am to 8:30pm. Free parking is available and a public launch site can be found nearby for getting your kayak or canoe in the water! Make sure to log your miles!

Eagle Point Preserve

Starting Spot: 665 Black Road, Salisbury, NC 28146

GPS Coordinates: 35.60437”N, -80.26795”W

Details:  Eagle Point Nature Preserve is a 200-acre natural area on a remote part of High Rock Lake. The park gives visitors the opportunity to hike three miles of trails to vistas of the lake and wildlife observation points. Currently, a little over three miles of trails including a self-interpretive tree and plant identification loop, canoe access to High Rock Lake, and an additional hiking trail leading to beautiful isolated coves are open to the hiker and nature lover. The trail is adequate for biking with fat tired bikes. No horses are allowed. The trail system was designed as three back to back loops because it is not difficult to get turned around here. The trails total over 3 miles of walking. The Plant Loop Trail is just under one mile, and the Goldeneye Cove Trail just over 1.5 miles. Eagle Point Loop is about 2 miles. Old home-sites, views of the lake, and solitude are what visitors can expect.

Click HERE for the website!


biking trek spot

hiking trek spot

Dan Nicholas Park

Address: 6800 Bringle Ferry Road Salisbury, NC 28146

GPS Coordinates: 35.63397”N, -80.35542”W

About Cypress Bend: Dan Nicholas park is a 425-acre park, located eight miles southeast of Salisbury. It offers a ten-acre lake for paddle boating and fishing, the Rowan Wildlife Adventures nature center, tennis courts, picnic shelters, the Hurley Family Water Plaza, playgrounds, volleyball, horseshoes, ball fields, miniature golf, a carousel, gem mining, a fresh water aquarium, and miniature train ride for children. Dan Nicholas also has a 70 site family campground that includes an outdoor theater. Dan Nicholas does not charge admission. Some activities charge a small fee, but many of the park activities are free.

Click HERE to access a map. Trail names and locations are listed. Be sure to include which ones you complete when you log your miles!


Rowan County

We are thrilled to partner with the Rowan County Tourism Development Authority for this Outdoor Challenge! Click below to learn more about Rowan County, as well as local spots to eat and places to stay!



204 East Innes Street, Suite 280 Salisbury, NC 28144


(704) 647-0302