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McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

#28 of 179 things to do in Charlotte Features Animals
15222 York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278-5827
+1 704-583-1284
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Fun afternoon hike with the kids

Had a nice afternoon hike with my kids, niece, and nephew. It was a pretty day, and we needed to... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2016
Prattville, Alabama
Nice trails

A great set of trails. Cute little nature center good for killing an hour or two. Very nice staff... read more

Reviewed 28 December 2015
Charleston, South Carolina
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15222 York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278-5827
+1 704-583-1284
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Reviewed 16 February 2016

Had a nice afternoon hike with my kids, niece, and nephew. It was a pretty day, and we needed to get out of the house. The nature center is small, but the kids had fun looking at the animals. The kids had fun, burned some...More

Thank SilverCreek
Reviewed 28 December 2015

A great set of trails. Cute little nature center good for killing an hour or two. Very nice staff. Good place for kids.

Thank J H
Reviewed 10 December 2015 via mobile

I love to take a beautiful little hike! Just around the corner but you feel so far away...great way to spend the day!

Thank octdancer
Reviewed 6 December 2015

The nature center is great place to expose kids to what lies outside their door (like snakes) and then there are easy hikes around the lake (Lake Wylie), picnic areas, clean restrooms, benches to sit and look out at the lake, a cozy swing for...More

1  Thank NCluvtrav
Reviewed 26 November 2015

We were looking for a place to get a 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hour hike that was not too far from our hotel. This worked perfectly. Not the most challenging but very nice.

Thank S A
Reviewed 5 November 2015

This is a great peaceful place to go!! I love hiking, fishing and boating here! They offer affordable canoe rentals on weekends in the summer. I have never caught any fish here though. also there are horse trails

1  Thank moonlitpath
Reviewed 23 October 2015

Since I like spending time outdoors, this is another great option by the water. There are a variety of trails and places to picnic and hang with friends. They do have camping options, which I have not tried yet. I have also been boating and...More

Thank Rosemarie R
Reviewed 21 October 2015

This park offers a huge variety of things to do. It is just outside Charlotte city limits, so first time campers can go and be close to home if they forgot anything. Can camp from primitive (tent) to an RV and everything in between. Various...More

Thank Reithmiller
Reviewed 2 October 2015

My wife and brother-in law and myself went to the preserve in July 2015 to do some walking for some exercise. I am 69,my brother-in law is 74,and my wife is 59. We walked down to what looked like a fishing pier. While we were...More

1  Thank Wayne P
Reviewed 29 September 2015

My family had recently moved to the Charlotte area. Our daughter wanted to visit the preserve because she read about this place in a brochure. We had a blast! We all love nature so while we saw many new things, we also learned a lot....More

1  Thank Jackson G
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Caitlin K
Can you swim here?
14 August 2016|
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Response from H7956FAlisaw | Reviewed this property |
No there is not a swimming area.