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McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

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Address: 15222 York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278-5827
Phone Number: +1 704-583-1284
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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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. Nice little creek, moderate trail and it wore the kids and dogs out! (they are... More 

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Clemson, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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 be aware of that. But by the time we got back, the nature center was... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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88 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 a few salamanders (catch and release). We have walked on the trails through the woods... More 

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Thank Jennifer J
Usa, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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. We come here often.

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Thank Monica P
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 reasonable price. Mecklenburg county residents get a nice discount. Walking trails abound but mind the... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

Worst RV park ever! The electric is supposed to be 50 amp but it doesn't work on this site. Nor does 30 amp. Customer service at this park is horrible! No one could get our electrical box to work. We asked for electrician and they sent us park rangers who know nothing about electrical. So we had no other option... More 

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Thank Laura H
Fort Mill, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

Went with a private school group, and the kids had a great time. The education center staff were a wonderful with the students. We will definitely be back.

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Thank Elizabeth B
Gastonia, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Charlotte does a good job making the woods accessible to the community. Find a trail or just pack a picnic and get the family outdoors. Many picnic areas are within 2-3 minute walk from your car. But other trails are more rigorous and fun.

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