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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.

To request a modification based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact staff at 980-314-1192 or email TRInfo@MeckNC.gov .

Upcoming events (4+)

Adult Trail Trekkers

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

Get up and get active with a McDowell Naturalist during this 90-minute, adult only hike. As we hike along the trails, we will discover what is happening seasonally through the preserve. No walk-ins accepted. Pre-registration required. No walk-ins accepted. Pre-registration required.

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Mid-Week Hike for Your Health

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

Explore a different trail on Wednesdays with a community of locals, and hike your way to a healthier you! These hikes are perfect for first-timers and seasoned hikers alike.

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This hike qualifies for our 100 mile hike club. Come prepared to hike approximately 2.5 miles on uneven terrain. Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Please bring your own water bottle.

To request a modification based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact staff at[masked] or email [masked]

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. No walk-ins accepted. Pre-registration required.

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Wellness by Nature: Early Bird Hike

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

The natural world offers many benefits for the mind, body and soul. Our 'Wellness by Nature' programs focus on these benefits and our connection to nature. In this program, we will explore nature's early risers on this moderate, 2-2.5 mile hike. Pre-registration is NOT required.

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Past events (630)

Trails and Tails: Community Dog Walk

Reedy Creek Nature Center & Nature Preserve

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