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McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

Address: 15222 York Road, Charlotte, NC 28278
Phone Number: (704) 583-1284
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Ranked #16 of 61 Attractions in Charlotte
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks

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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 NEW

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
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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
7 helpful votes 7 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Columbus, Ohio
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I've visited McDowell Nature Center and Preserve several times on different trips and have always found it to be one of my favorite places to while away extra hours or minutes. Sitting on the swing overlooking Lake Wylie with a good book and a cup of chai is so peaceful. Taking young family members to the playground is a crowd... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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128 reviews 128 reviews
91 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This is within CMC, and it is a nice get away for nature walks, kayaking, fishing, camping and more. There is no parking or entrance fee, and that makes it all the more better. Lots of activities planned throughout the year. There are plenty of parking spaces, the place is very clean, and the staff and volunteers are very friendly.... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

I go to this park very often since it is close to my house. It has beautiful trails with amazing views of Lake Wylie. There is a place for events. There is usually people here year round. It is a gorgeous retreat during the summer. Plenty of shade. You can also camp here although I've never done it. It needs... More 

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