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This group is for anyone who enjoys all outdoor recreation activities. McDowell Nature Preserve is located on the banks of Lake Wylie. McDowell offers a variety of activities for all ages and abilities. Activities range from hikes with the family to evening kayaking for the adults. To learn more about activities McDowell has to offer call McDowell Nature Center at 980-314-1128. REGISTRATION REQUIRED for all programs through McDowell Nature Center. Since McDowell Nature Preserve is a Mecklenburg County run nature center and park, registration through the nature center or online at parkandrec.com is required due to county policy.

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Adult Hiking Series: Blooming Beauties

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

Get up and get active with a McDowell Naturalist during this 90-minute, adult only hike through McDowell Nature Preserve. Pre-registration required. Online registration number: 95734

Lake Wylie Evening Kayak Tour

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

Experience twilight while paddling the edges of McDowell Nature Preserve. Get a chance to view the setting sun over Lake Wylie with our experienced instructors. Learn the history of Lake Wylie and meet new people in a fun environment. Pre-registration required. Call[masked], ext 4 or go online to parkandrec.com to register. Ages 18+

First Friday Hike

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

Start the weekend early with a midday hike on the First Friday of each month at McDowell Nature preserve. Explore the terrain, flora and fauna with an experienced naturalist as we discover what nature has to offer each month. Open to novice and skilled hikers alike, this adult hiking club will cover 2-3 miles on uneven terrain. Pre-registration required.

Explore the Carolinas: Congaree National Park

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

Adventure is out there!!! Spend the day with other adults, exploring and discovering new places in the Carolinas. Trips will all be within 2 hours of Charlotte. Meet at McDowell Nature Center for all trips and ride in a county van to the destination of the day. The first Saturday of each month will take us to a new spot to explore. This month: Congaree National Park. Pre-registration required. There is a fee to participate.

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McDowell Outdoor Adventure Day

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

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