Walt Schrader Trails

About the Trails

Located in a 800-acre natural area, this 6 mile network of backcountry paths crosses land steeped in local history and tradition. Native Americans, as well as African and European Americans, share the rich cultural heritage of the Carolina Piedmont. Travel through fields and woodlands that have provided resources for food and shelter for thousands of years. Along with history, you’ll discover the geographical diversity of the Carolina Piedmont as you walk or ride through forests, wetland, and prairie, each with its own distinctive plants and wildlife. 

Walt Schrader (1913-2005), the trail network’s namesake, was a committed conservationist, advocate in world-wide environmental affairs, and a champion of access to recreational lands. Dedicated in 2000, the Walt Schrader Trails are a lasting tribute to this keen outdoorsman and the natural beauty he loved to explore. 

Access to the trails is part of paid admission to Historic Brattonsville. Visitors can also enjoy the Huck’s Defeat Battlefield Trail with interpretative panels describing the struggle for liberty in July 1780. 

NOTE: Horseback riding is permitted on the third Saturday of every month, only. Horseback riding and bicycling are prohibited on the .7 mile Nature Trail and Huck’s Defeat Battlefield Trail.

By the Sweat of Our Brows

Join us as we demonstrate daily life and work for the enslavedon the Bratton Plantation. Come meet descendants of theAfrican-American community at Brattonsville as they sharefamily stories of their ancestors through the 21st century. Learn about on-goi

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