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McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

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15222 York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278-5827
+1 704-583-1284
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Clean, attractive hiking trails, with a small nature center

We enjoyed visiting the Nature Center and hiking trails. They allow a dog on a leash so we brought... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
pobtm
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Centralia, Pennsylvania
A true oasis

We camped here for 2 nights ...wish it were longer! No noisy car and truck sounds, hard to believe... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Andymarian
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East Northport, New York
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  • Average5%
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“lake wylie” (28 reviews)
“city limits” (4 reviews)
“kayak launch” (2 reviews)
LOCATION
15222 York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278-5827
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+1 704-583-1284
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"kayak launch"
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"great hiking"
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"beautiful park"
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"my kids love"
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"all ages"
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"fishing"
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"hike"
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"picnic"
in 29 reviews
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"snakes"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We enjoyed visiting the Nature Center and hiking trails. They allow a dog on a leash so we brought our dog with us. The Nature Center is a small building with a few wildlife exhibits inside featuring small local wildlife. Lots of maps, brochures, and...More

Thank pobtm
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We camped here for 2 nights ...wish it were longer! No noisy car and truck sounds, hard to believe in such a busy area...the sights aren’t huge but for 33$ a night who cares. We spend a few sacred hours hiking the trails around the...More

Thank Andymarian
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

The park had endless trails for all types of hikes. I've spent anywhere from 4 hours to 30 minutes walking on the trails. Very well maintained and bathrooms are everywhere for comfort. The breeze from the lake makes for a very comfortable hike! I wish...More

Thank Alicia I
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Wanting to benefit from the sunshine after Christmas and New Year we visited the park, which is free. The woodlands looked superb, letting the sun through bare branches. Trails are clearly marked and there is a map available. Inside the Information centre you can see...More

2  Thank HJPinBeds
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

McDowell is a really nice park not far from Charlotte. It has quite a few trails, but not all are well-marked. We started at the nature center. The park staff were very helpful about choosing the trails. We stopped at the camping area and were...More

Thank bj2kb
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

I like anything that by the water...paths are nice to walk, have good spots for barbecues...not good for fishing as per signs!!

Thank Adriana R
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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Great walking trails through woods and along the lake. Hilly but not too strenuous. Plenty of geocaching "treasures" if you are into that sort of thing... much fun

Thank Jack H
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Reviewed 6 July 2017

This place is a great place to go for hikes, picnic, barbecue, walks around the lake. Fishing is nice too....

Thank 637miriamp
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Reviewed 2 July 2017

Have stayed here in our RV several times. Brenda & staff very friendly & accommodating. Nice bath houses & large sites make this a 10+.

Thank Lori Y
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Reviewed 16 June 2017

My kids love the Park and Nature Center. They have small displays with snakes and such inside and lots of information on the animals. The park out front of the nature center is perfect for kids of all ages. The nature trails are pretty good...More

Thank colebee725
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Yes as far as I know but you need to have a license.
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No there is not a swimming area.
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