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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 82 attractions in Charlotte
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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75 reviews 75 reviews
26 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Stopped here to throw a line into Lake Wylie and see if I could catch a fish or two which I did. Park was clean and restroom was well maintained. It was no crowded when I was there and I saw only 3 other people walking around on the trails. There are not a lot of good bank fishing spots... More

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Charlotte
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is one of my favorite places to get out in nature and go for a short hike. There are many trails and you can create a walk that fits your time and desired exertion level. Great place for family outings or just yourself.

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Whitsett, North Carolina
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

The place is awesome, but be ready to pay if you are not from the Charlotte area. Over priced for general camping. It was 28 dollars and I could have found the same type of spot for half the price. Time was not on my side so I paid the price.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

An absolute jewel for nature lovers! So many different options and things to do. A must on the Things to do in Charlotte list.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

There are so many good things about McDowell nature preserve. There is a little playground for kids, several walking trails. The park is on lake Wylie. There are shelters for rent for parties or whatever. They also have bbq's near the water. You can go camping at the campground. It's a nice place to go with the family.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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55 reviews 55 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Have been going here for over 20 years. AWESOME place! Especially in the Fall of the year. Outstanding walking and hiking trails. Plenty of places for a picnic and multitudes of places to fish. Adjacent is Copperhead boat ramp which is the best boat ramp on Lake Wylie. No wake zone ensures a smooth launch and load. Highly recommend. Best... More

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Lake Wylie, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Quiet with fun trails and a wonderful place to picnic. Views of the lake are spectacular. Only disappointment was the nature exhibit. Very small.

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Ocala, Florida, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

I went to this attraction hoping to see some live animals, but that is not what is at the reserve. If you like to walk on trails and take a nature hike this is a nice place to do that. In the main building there are as few snakes. Drinks are available and a few souvenirs can be purchased.

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Fort Mill, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Have been on many of the trails. The best and most relaxing walk is around the Lake. Sometimes can be a little crowed with parties by the picnic tables and those fishing by the docks. Overall is a great place.

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Gastonia, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Even walking the trails... this place is relaxing. Beautiful. Romantic picnics on private decks for free. Wonderful place for a birthday or celebration. Plenty of sun and shade. I have loved this place for the 12 years I have lived in NC. I drive 30 minutes just to get here as much as possible!

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