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McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

15222 York Road, Charlotte, NC 28278
(704) 583-1284
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Ranked #17 of 76 attractions in Charlotte
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This park is absolutely beautiful located right along Lake Wylie! There are a number of "hiking" trails for the not to serious hiker, places to grill out (first come, first serve) and camping spots! I will warn though, the trails are not marked the best (which is why it didn't get a 5 star review)... If you are new to... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

While visiting Charlotte for the weekend I decided to check Trip Advisor (as I always do) for suggestions on outdoor places to visit. McDowell Nature Center was rated high and, after visiting it, I understand why. It's a very nice place to walk the trails and visit the nature center. Some of the trails (such as the Cove Trail) take... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

This is a County park, with camping facilities,playground, fishing and boat dock. It is clean and well maintained. Ideal for families as it also has a Nature Center.

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Richmond,VA
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Been here so many times, all seasons are beautiful here. Campsite is really nice, this place being so close to charlotte you can visit it any day. The trails are really nice.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

I went on a Friday in October with my cousin and we had a wonderful time hiking. There were many trails to choose from, and the Nature Center provides you with a map. A few of the trails follow along Lake Wylie, with stunning views available. The trails we went on were not paved, but were easy to follow (the... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We are at McDowell Nature Center all the time! They have wonderful cheap/free classes for all ages - be sure to check them out at www.parkandrec.com if you are planning a visit. Very cute, although small, nature center with several reptiles and amphibians. Great, well maintained trails and very friendly staff. Great lakefront area and a fun kids playground.

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Cary, North Carolina
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

We discovered this nature center only 6 miles from our hotel and by lots of new stores and restaurants. You would never know it was close to everything. The nature center is open til 5 pm and has several reptiles on exhibit. Puppet stage and art for kids. Stop by for trail maps. Well maintained picnic tables, benches throughout the... More

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NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Nice public area, clean and well maintained. Right on the lake, with picnic spots. Near T bones at the lake and cheap gas just up the road.

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Peoria, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

While on a quick visit to Charlotte during vacation, we stopped to take a hike down to the lake. We were surprised to find picnic decks along the lake equipped with grills. Had we known about the great views and inviting picnic areas, I would have packed a lunch and stayed even longer!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

A very nice place for waling, biking, fishing and etc. With a lake view and lots of trees. I like this place, and I go there every year. There are a lots of places for camping and grilling too.

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