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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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Winter walk in the sunshine

Wanting to benefit from the sunshine after Christmas and New Year we visited the park, which is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stotfold, United Kingdom
Very nice hiking with choice of trails; Nature Center & Camping available

McDowell is a really nice park not far from Charlotte. It has quite a few trails, but not all are... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
Frederick, MD
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15222 York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278-5827
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank HJPinBeds
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
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
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
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
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
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
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

We hiked to the cove and back through shady hollow. Hiking shoes are wise on parts of those trails. Mosquitoes are lurking for you. We saw squirrels, a frog, lotus of fungus and plenty of ants, with a few butterflies. After 3 days of conference...More

Thank monswall
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

This is a nice place to go for a hike. Several different trails that have signs and markers to help you find your way. No charge for entry or parking. Bathrooms near the boat dock and at the preserve center. Several spots to have a...More

Thank Sandra Z
Reviewed 14 March 2017

If you want to take a hike that is within the city limits of Charlotte, McDowell is worth a visit. The trails aren't very challenging, but there is enough terrain variation to keep you interested.

Thank Robert R
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Rayford S
8 August 2017|
Response from Lori Y | Reviewed this property |
Yes as far as I know but you need to have a license.
Caitlin K
15 August 2016|
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Response from Lisa W | Reviewed this property |
No there is not a swimming area.