Location and Directions
Located on Mt. Island Lake at Hwy 16/Brookshire Blvd. and Nance Cove Rd.
From I-485, take the Hwy 16/Brookshire Blvd. exit. Go north on Brookshire 1.7 miles. Turn right on Nance Cove Rd. and take the next left on to Haymarket Rd. For the next half mile the gravel road passes through or is adjacent to Haymarket Nature Preserve. There is no parking and no public access.
History and Description
This property was purchased by Mecklenburg County in December, 2000 and dedicated as a nature preserve in 2007. The preserve was purchased for watershed protection on Mountain Island Lake, the main source of drinking water for Charlotte and adjacent communities. The Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) contributed $1 million towards the acquisition. It consists of 100.3 acres, including over a mile of shoreline. There are strict conservation easements along the entire shoreline extending 300 feet into the preserve.
Education and Programs
Current access only with guided walks led by Park and Recreation staff.
There are no public amenities.
Flora and Fauna
Haymarket Nature preserve is comprised of land that was once logged and farmed. Today the preserve is 90% forested. There are large stands of planted loblolly pines on the preserve, along with second-growth hardwood forest. Two power line right-of-ways run through the preserve, creating open habitat for various wildflowers such as asters and goldenrods. Birds that you might encounter here include Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Brown-headed Nuthatches, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Carolina Wrens, Summer Tanagers (summer), and Eastern Towhees.