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McDowell Nature Center and Preserve




South Charlotte

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Kristina Williams

3 weeks ago

Easy way to get into nature. This preserve has walking and hiking trails, including a paved trail. There is also a park with a playground, including equipment for younger and older children, although there are no swings. Plenty of places to view the lake from, including a huge deck. Picnic tables, shelters and grills throughout. Plenty of parking, although right by the lake does tend to get full. There is also a nature museum for kids and a camping area. You feel away from it all, but are still close to eating and shops.


joe Courtney

in the last week

Great park. Have your picnic at one of the many tables available and enjoy the trails, grills, Lake Wylie, the nature center and more. Very nice family park with playground.


Nicholaus Ritter

3 months ago

This has been the family go to on weekends since my daughter was 7 months old. Now 3 years old, she loves going to "Frogs and Turtles." My 1 year old son loves going as well. However, the last few times when we have gone in the Nature Center after a hike, the staff has been very rude to us. Today they kicked my wife, daughter, and son out because my son screamed and "it disturbs the animals. I can't count how many times I have been in there with 15 kids running around and yelling. They host birthday parties and summer camps! The nature center basically there for children and now the staff act like they do want anyone under 30 there. Greatly disappointed in the attitudes of the staff and upset that we no longer feel welcome there. Like I said this was are go to and the kids loved it. Shame on the staff for their bad attitudes towards the very people they are employed for!


Madison Griffin

3 months ago

This campground is tucked away so that you would almost never notice it, which makes it the perfect place to go camping! Great way to escape the city setting for a quiet, relaxing getaway. Very family oriented and very friendly staff! Would definitely recommend for your next family trip.


Matt Sampers

5 months ago

This place is great. Go to their website or stop in the visitor center to see what activities they have going on to maximize your visits. Lots of different areas to explore and different activities to enjoy. The staff members are great, very helpful. Lots of things to do, walking, running, hiking, kids playground, piers, lots of shore line, camping, kayaking, fishing, exploring, picnic and grill areas. Very well kept area! Fun for the whole family!