Name: Mountain Island Tailrace Park Trail
Last Visit: 2/29/2016
Description: I was pleasantly surprised by this place did not expect much but it is really a nice place to visit.
This trail follows the Catawba River from the Mountain Island Dam. The main trail is only .6 miles one way has some good views of the dam and river. Go down the trail until you come to a 'T' If you go left you can go down a short dirt path until it ends at a stream. if your go right you go up a gravel road that turns into a dirt road then becomes somewhat less then a road getting muddy and rutted but you can go about a mile up an incline until you get to a rail road track in back of National Gypsum. Once you leave the park I think this is a dirt road that Duke Energy uses but there is no traffic and as long as you stay off the power line right a way I don't think anyone would mind. There is a concrete barrier I think for erosion control and the park gates just keep going.
GPS Address: 304 Mountain Island Rd, Mt. Holly, NC 28120. (Not an exact address but will get you close.)
Get off Mountain Island Hwy on to Mountain island Rd and stay right to gravel road on right take to the end.
Parking: Two lots one at the fishing access and one at the trail head 25 cars
Difficulty: The first part of the trail is gravel and very flat . The end of the trail connects to a secondary trail that goes up a mild hill very rough road muddy and rutted.
Kind of photos: Dam, lake, river, birds, fishing