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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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Great little park for young children

We visited on a Sunday morning and the nature center didn't open until one on so I can't speak to... read more

Reviewed 14 June 2016
Charlotte, North Carolina
via mobile
Great Day With the Kids

Awesome free day with the kids. The Nature Center is small but there is enough to keep the kitties... read more

Reviewed 10 June 2016
Charlotte, North Carolina
via mobile
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“lake wylie” (28 reviews)
“hiking trails” (10 reviews)
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15222 York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278-5827
+1 704-583-1284
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Reviewed 14 June 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....More

1  Thank wildcatsu
Reviewed 10 June 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...More

Thank PhatPatW
Reviewed 26 May 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...More

2  Thank Commandkat
Reviewed 18 May 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.

Thank Winona M
Reviewed 17 May 2016

A little unknown place off I 49 by the bridge that crosses over Lake Wylie. A little place for respite to the busy people of Charlotte

Thank Sherry R
Reviewed 4 May 2016

So glad I found this park. Love any park on the water. Great walking trails, bbq spots and fishing. Nice to watch the boats go by.

Thank adripink
Reviewed 1 May 2016

7miles of hiking trails, some near the water. Great for hiking or a picnic. Plenty of areas to sit by the water on picnic benches. Great and easy to follow trails. Great customer service and easy to follow map. Would highly recommend. I'm from out...More

Thank sweetpastry89
Reviewed 21 April 2016

Charlotte is really fortunate to have a place like this: a large, beautiful nature preserve that sits right on Lake Wylie. It's a great place to picnic and explore. There is a nice selection of trails, varying in length and difficulty with lots of ups...More

2  Thank IzzyBea
Reviewed 23 March 2016

McDowell is one of those places you go back to again and again. Gorgeous hiking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, abundant wildlife, and a great nature center make McDowell a great place for families, singles, and groups of all sizes.

Thank Judi G
Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

A big draw for me when deciding where to plant roots is access to the great outdoors. I love to be close to water, near a trail, or even within walking distance to a park. Fortunately for us, the McDowell Nature Preserve is a short...More

Thank Brad B
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Rayford S
7 August 2017|
Response from Lori Y | Reviewed this property |
Yes as far as I know but you need to have a license.
Caitlin K
14 August 2016|
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Response from H7956FAlisaw | Reviewed this property |
No there is not a swimming area.