McDowell Nature Center & Preserve

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  • Seasons - Year-round


  • 15222 York Rd.

    Charlotte,   NC   28278


McDowell Nature Center serves as the gateway to the 1108-acre McDowell Nature Preserve and is the source for educational programs and information on the preserve’s natural communities, flora and fauna. The Center features live, native animals, an exhibit hall, an outdoor amphitheater, and a gift shop. Outside, visitors can stop and observe nature in action at the National Wildlife Federation certified Backyard Habitat Garden which includes bird feeding stations, butterfly gardens, and demonstration compost area. The preserve has a wide variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, fishing and canoeing.

The year-round (weekends only Dec.-Feb.) campground accommodates everything from motor homes to primitive camping and offers full service Rent-A Tent camping where tents, cots, and other gear are provided and set-up prior to your arrival. It’s come as you are camping!

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15222 York Rd.
Charlotte NC 28278


Latitude: 35° 5' 39.12" / Longitude: -81° 1' 26.4"

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