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McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

#28 of 177 things to do in Charlotte Features Animals
15222 York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278-5827
+1 704-583-1284
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Hiking Close to Charlotte

If you want to take a hike that is within the city limits of Charlotte, McDowell is worth a visit... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
Robert R
Charlotte, North Carolina
Great place!

We love it here! We live close but and the local kids come here all the time! Great nature center... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2017
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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15222 York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278-5827
+1 704-583-1284
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

If you want to take a hike that is within the city limits of Charlotte, McDowell is worth a visit. The trails aren't very challenging, but there is enough terrain variation to keep you interested.

Thank Robert R
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

We love it here! We live close but and the local kids come here all the time! Great nature center where you can even have a birthday party. Trails for small hikes and of course Lake Wylie! They even have a little gift store in...More

Thank KathyJ461
Reviewed 23 December 2016

This place is wonderful. The trails are great, not too strenuous. My three year old loved playing in the creek and looking for creatures. (we saw a few). The kayak launch was under construction, but we didn't have our kayak so it was fine. The...More

1  Thank catelynbf
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

I went there with my husband and my dog and we took one of the trails but the park has several as well as picnic areas and restrooms. Great to spend a day in the nature but near the city.

Thank DinaGattai
Reviewed 7 October 2016

Visited with a couple toddlers and 6 year old and 3 dogs.. Great, fun trail. The Nature Center had a list of items to see on our walk for the 6 year old and that was great fun helping her find all of the items....More

1  Thank Ashley M
Reviewed 27 September 2016

For a park run by Charlotte (or maybe the surrounding county), this is very nice--up there with state parks. The indoor facilities weren't open when we got there, so we took a nice stroll on one of many trails. And there is some elevation, so...More

Thank SCDad
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Took a couple of hours walking around guided walk ways and spending time with nature. One hike lead to the shore of Lake Wylie. The rangers at the visitor center were very helpful. Good for families as they have educational activities.

1  Thank A4JF
Reviewed 11 August 2016 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...More

1  Thank Jennifer J
Reviewed 25 July 2016

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....More

Thank Monica P
Reviewed 16 July 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...More

2  Thank John E
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Caitlin K
Can you swim here?
15 August 2016|
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Response from H7956FAlisaw | Reviewed this property |
No there is not a swimming area.