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Making Your Way Around MCP

Making Your Way Around MCP

Our North Carolina Year of the Trail adventure continues with the Outer Perimeter Route at Mountain Creek Park, a 606-acre outdoor recreation destination locatedat 6554 Little Mountain Rd. in Sherrills Ford. Mountain Creek Park is one of four parks in the Catawba County Park System.

Hike Statistics:
Distance: 10 miles round-trip
Estimated Time: 4-5 hours
Elevation Gain: 750 feet
Difficulty: Moderate

Hike Overview:
Mountain Creek Park, named after the creek that winds through the park, is nestled along a cove on the northwestern tip of Lake Norman. This 10.0-mile route follows the park’s outer perimeter along the edge of the lake, the inlets of two creeks and the border of two distinct parcels of woods. It travels through a loblolly forest on the south side of the park, crossing over Mountain Creek into an old-growth forest on the park’s north side, offering a chance to observe different habitats, viewpoints, wildlife and plant life for a long-distance outing at Catawba County’s newest park. The hike, though relatively gentle in steepness, is rated moderate for its length.

Read our detailed trip report to learn more about this hike (and others) on