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McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

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Nice place to hike and wander around

Beautiful in fall with lots of different trial options to go hiking. Toilets are available at the... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
Charlotte, North Carolina
Great hike!

Decided to try out the trails. The trails were well marked. They connect to each other, so we were... read more

Reviewed August 4, 2018
Charlotte, North Carolina
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15222 York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278-5827
+1 704-583-1284
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

Beautiful in fall with lots of different trial options to go hiking. Toilets are available at the parking lot and I have seen Kayaks that may be rented out.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank SailingDutchman
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

Decided to try out the trails. The trails were well marked. They connect to each other, so we were able to do a 4.1 mile loop. The hike was peaceful. The trails were well kept. There are restrooms available near the parking lot. I’ll surely...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Amlyma
Reviewed June 26, 2018

A great place to escape for a while. Trails are easily walkable. We only saw a few people there, so it was very peaceful. There are a few geo cache there too.

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank Ggayle
Reviewed June 19, 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank AKzoom
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

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank shelby b
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

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank ididntwantausername
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

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank Andymarian
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

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank Alicia I
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

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank HJPinBeds
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

Date of experience: October 2017
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May 17, 2018|
Response from ididntwantausername | Reviewed this property |
I saw people biking. I don't know about rentals.
Rayford S
August 7, 2017|
Response from Lori Y | Reviewed this property |
Yes as far as I know but you need to have a license.