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“Great hike!”

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve
Ranked #28 of 179 things to do in Charlotte
Certificate of Excellence
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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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123 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great hike!”
Reviewed December 15, 2011

Great views of the city. Several trails offered with varying lengths.

Visited December 2011
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“Great place to visit”
Reviewed December 9, 2010

The preserve encompasses 1108 acres of forested, rolling terrain along the banks of Lake Wylie and a cove thereof. Over 90% of the preserve has been left undeveloped and offers terrific wildlife viewing and walking trails.

The nature center served as a gateway with a trail map inside and housed exhibits with a variety of informative displays on the preserve's natural communities and wildlife. It had a gift shop with some unique items and great prices. We purchased a few things for some children we sponsor.

There are nearly 7 miles of trails giving a wide range of diversity to explore while enjoying scenic views of the lake, forest or streams. We chose the Cove Trail which was a .8 mile moderate hike along the shoreline of Lake Wylie, hoping to see some shorebirds in this deep cove. The brochure promised ducks, muskrats and mink and a beautiful Fall display of color in the maples that were very prevalent along the trail.

As we approached the cove something flew out of the water's edge onto a drier area, but only my husband's sharp eyes could detect where the bird was since it was so well camouflaged. I kept trying to find it with my camera zoomed in, but it was motionless for the many minutes we kept searching the distance across the cove for it.

Finally my honey took the camera and got the first shot to prove there was something there. I figured it flew away while our eyes diverted for a few moments. There was not a twitch of movement. After downloading the photos and checking field guides, I submitted it to a website for a positive ID and found it was a Wilson's Snipe. A first for both of us! So we think McDowell is a grand place to visit!

More photos in our travel album:
http://donnawatkins.smugmug.com/Travel/North-Carolina/McDowell-Nature-Center-and

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