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McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

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Address: 15222 York Road, Charlotte, NC 28278
Phone Number: (704) 583-1284
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A Nice Saturday Afternoon Hike

The Center is on the shores of large man-made Lake Wylie. There are about seven miles of hiking trails -- we hiked about 2 1/2 miles, roundtrip from the nature center to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston, South Carolina
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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The Center is on the shores of large man-made Lake Wylie. There are about seven miles of hiking trails -- we hiked about 2 1/2 miles, roundtrip from the nature center to the shoreline and mostly along the shore. Be sure to get the free map from the nature center. The trails are in general easy to follow, but there... More 

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Charlotte, NC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Many folks don't seem to know of this very beautiful park on the shores of Lake Wiley. Lots of easy hiking trails, a boat/kayak launch, Been there 3 different times and never too crowded.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This lake has many trails for hiking. The trails are not strenuous and ther is a lake that offers beautiful view with seats for viewing or tables for a picnic lunch.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Plenty of walking trails and areas to picnic along Lake Wylie. Little concerned about the lack of law enforcement presence. While this is not a "high crime" area, it is a large amount of land with many visitors coming through daily. Just takes one incident to scare people away. That said, this is still a very nice place and we... More 

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Grayling, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 via mobile

Have camped here a couple of times. Found the sites to be kind of small and unlevel but the setting is beautiful for a city park. The park has many hiking trails and a nice lake which we kayaked. The campground has nice bathrooms with showers. We will definitely return.

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Lake Wylie, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

McDowell is a great park situated on Lake Wylie. They have trails for hiking, camp sites, grills for cooking, kayak rentals, fishing and a swim area. It is a beautiful park great for families and kids. The nature center provides educational opportunities for families and have regularly scheduled programs.

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York, South Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Enjoy coming to this place in the spring and summer to eat a picnic. Takes a while to get back to it but it is well worth it. The scenery is beautiful.

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Saint Louis, France
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This place has a number of different trails that you can choose from depending on your ability and time. It has a very nice handicap accessible trail as well. Good workout without being overly strenuous. Beautiful!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I think this park has the most elevation change in Charlotte so it's a good place to come for a quick mini hike or work on your hiking skills. I live pretty close so it's worth it. The nature trails are not to strenuous and there is beautiful views of the lake as well.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

There is a nice indoor information area, & if you go on a tour they have films to view. There is also an orchid solarium with gorgeous orchids. The walkway through the garden area has fountains interspersed throughout which makes for a very pleasant walk. There are also sitting areas along the way if you want to just relax &... More 

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