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McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

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Address: 15222 York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278-5827
Phone Number: (704) 583-1284
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The park offers free admission to the nature center. There was a few local wildlife animals on display. The kids, a few years ago, signed out one of their nature backpacking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jennifer J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The park offers free admission to the nature center. There was a few local wildlife animals on display. The kids, a few years ago, signed out one of their nature backpacking kits and went down to the nearby stream. Here, they were able to catch a few salamanders (catch and release). We have walked on the trails through the woods... More 

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Thank Jennifer J
Usa, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff of the Nature Centre are wonderful. There are self-guided scavenger hunts that kids can do. Once completed, they will earn themselves a little prize. There are picnic tables and grills. Great view of Lake Wylie. Overall, it's a very nice place to visit. We come here often.

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Thank Monica P
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

McDowell Park is located just south of Charlotte within view of SC. The campground is neat and tidy offering full hook-up to primitive camping. Fire rings and picnic tables are included with most RV sites. Ice and firewood are sold at the office for a reasonable price. Mecklenburg county residents get a nice discount. Walking trails abound but mind the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Worst RV park ever! The electric is supposed to be 50 amp but it doesn't work on this site. Nor does 30 amp. Customer service at this park is horrible! No one could get our electrical box to work. We asked for electrician and they sent us park rangers who know nothing about electrical. So we had no other option... More 

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Thank Laura H
Fort Mill, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

Went with a private school group, and the kids had a great time. The education center staff were a wonderful with the students. We will definitely be back.

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Thank Elizabeth B
Gastonia, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Charlotte does a good job making the woods accessible to the community. Find a trail or just pack a picnic and get the family outdoors. Many picnic areas are within 2-3 minute walk from your car. But other trails are more rigorous and fun.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

We visited on a Sunday morning and the nature center didn't open until one on so I can't speak to that, but the little playground area (stay left until you reach it once driving in the entrance) was a great stop for my little ones. Several different climbing structures and slides as well as monkey bars and a couple of... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

Awesome free day with the kids. The Nature Center is small but there is enough to keep the kitties ones busy for 30-45 minutes. They have live turtles and snakes and such. There is also two play grounds for the kids. If you have bigger kids then the walking trails are really good. Lots of walking to do. Overall this... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

McDowell is a nice big park with lots of trails and areas to picnic. There are playgrounds, canoe rentals (though I've only seen them there, never in use) and boardwalks. Tons of platforms with picnic tables and great views over Lake Wylie. There is a neat little nature center. We went there with a friend who has a kid and... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Great place to visit, has a children park with swings. Peaceful right on the lake with walking trails just a short distance away from Charlotte city limits.

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