stanly county trek spots

How it works

When you visit Stanly 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 #TRLToutdoorsStanly (use this tag specifically for your Stanly County adventures!)

Paddle trek spot

Falls Reservoir

Directions: From Albemarle, NC take HWY 740 towards Badin. At the flashing caution light take a right on Falls Road. Follow Falls Rd through town and the boat landing is 2 miles down on the left

GPS Coordinates: 35.39653”N, -80.07494”W

Details: alls Reservoir is the lake created between Narrows Dam, holding back Badin Lake, and Falls Dam which marks the beginning of Lake Tillery. The lake itself is about 2 miles in length and fairly narrow. On a map it looks like nothing more than a part of the Yadkin River. To be sure, this is a little known treasure of central North Carolina. The scenery at Falls is unmatched in the area and one will likely witness the fishing of Bald Eagles. The shores of the lake are filled with exposed rock formations. You will put in and take out at the Falls Boat Launch and the trip is around4.4 miles.

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The Falcon Trail

Starting Spot: Richfield Park Road and HWY 49, Richfield, NC 28137

GPS Coordinates: 35.53351”N, -80.25698”W

Details: Connecting the Stanly County communities of Misenheimer and Richfield, The Falcon Trail offers lake and agricultural views, as well as access to Pfeiffer College and many historic buildings listed on the Natural Historic Register. There are two trail entrances, one at Richfield Park and one at the intersection of US 52 and Wesley Chapel Road in Misenheimer. Richfield Park has picnic tables and other amenities (fishing and disc golf). The Falcon Trail is mostly natural surface and is 2.7 miles in length and is one way.

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biking trek spot

walking trek spot

sugarloaf Mountain trail

Directions: Directions from Albemarle, NC: Travel six miles east of Albemarle on NC 740. Turn right (east) onto Morrow Mountain Road and take it into the park. Travel past the park gate and the park residences and you will see horse trailer parking on your right. Sugarloaf Mountain Trail begins from the parking area.

GPS Coordinates: 35.3656″ N, -80.092″ W 

Details: Sugarloaf Mountain Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Albemarle, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. There is a pretty steep climb on this route!


Stanly County

We are thrilled to partner with the Stanly County CVB for this Outdoor Challenge! Click below to learn more about your trip to “Water. Air. Land. Adventure.,” as well as local spots to eat and places to stay!



204 East Innes Street, Suite 280 Salisbury, NC 28144


(704) 647-0302