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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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Great place for kids

The nature center is great place to expose kids to what lies outside their door (like snakes) and... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2015
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Decent amount of hiking trails.

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... read more

Reviewed 26 November 2015
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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15222 York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278-5827
+1 704-583-1284
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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 30 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
Reviewed 14 September 2015

This center has been around for many years and beginning to show it's age. The permanent exhibits are increasingly getting in disrepair. The "live" presentations are great for the children and the Father Tree show is nice also. The outdoor walk is nice and it...More

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 11 September 2015

One of my favorite nature spots, there are things to do for everybody here! There's an adorable nature center, many hiking trails, fishing access, and several pavilions. The playground is a fun place for the little guys, too. The campground is small, but tidy and...More

Thank missyb743
Reviewed 4 September 2015

The area of McDowell Nature Center and Preserve is well kept. I enjoyed my visit. There were great tracks and nature trails of which to run. The natural habit was most interesting. The kids would love it as it is on their level of comprehension...More

1  Thank Jim T
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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.