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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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Easy walking trails, peaceful area to explore.

A quiet walk with ample trails, meandering along Lake Wylie. Our mid-week visit showed no... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
AKzoom
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Houston, Texas
Quiet, Peacefull, Clean, Great Hike

We called the office around 2 pm and just wanted an RV site for the night. They were very nice and... read more

Reviewed April 28, 2018
shelby b
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Leesburg, Florida
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  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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“lake wylie” (28 reviews)
“hiking trails” (11 reviews)
“city limits” (4 reviews)
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15222 York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278-5827
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+1 704-583-1284
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A quiet walk with ample trails, meandering along Lake Wylie. Our mid-week visit showed no overcrowding. You're out in 'nature' so take drinking water and keep ears/ eyes open for possible siting's of squirrels and birds. Bring a picnic lunch. Although not a camper, really...More

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Reviewed April 28, 2018

We called the office around 2 pm and just wanted an RV site for the night. They were very nice and set us right up. We arrived after the office was closed around 6:30 pm. Found our site right away and had an easy drive...More

Thank shelby b
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Reviewed April 14, 2018

We enjoyed visiting the Nature Center and hiking trails. They allow a dog on a leash so we brought our dog with us. The Nature Center is a small building with a few wildlife exhibits inside featuring small local wildlife. Lots of maps, brochures, and...More

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

We camped here for 2 nights ...wish it were longer! No noisy car and truck sounds, hard to believe in such a busy area...the sights aren’t huge but for 33$ a night who cares. We spend a few sacred hours hiking the trails around the...More

1  Thank Andymarian
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

The park had endless trails for all types of hikes. I've spent anywhere from 4 hours to 30 minutes walking on the trails. Very well maintained and bathrooms are everywhere for comfort. The breeze from the lake makes for a very comfortable hike! I wish...More

1  Thank Alicia I
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Reviewed January 3, 2018

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

2  Thank HJPinBeds
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Reviewed October 23, 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

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Reviewed July 9, 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
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Reviewed July 6, 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
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Reviewed July 5, 2017

This place is a great place to go for hikes, picnic, barbecue, walks around the lake. Fishing is nice too....

Thank 637miriamp
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I saw people biking. I don't know about rentals.
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Rayford S
August 7, 2017|
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Response from Lori Y | Reviewed this property |
Yes as far as I know but you need to have a license.
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