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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: Leaf Peepers

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. No walk-ins accepted. Pre-registration required online at www.parkandrec.com, program number[masked]. Please arrive early for extended check-in procedures. Participants are encouraged to bring their own PPE (masks & gloves). We are practicing social distancing. In the event that we can not social distance, masks are required. This hike qualifies for our 100 mile hike club. Come prepared to hike approximately 2-3 miles on uneven terrain. Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Please bring your own water bottle.

Mid Week Hike for Your Health

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

As Thanksgiving approaches, you'll want to join us for a mid-week hike for your health in preparation for the big day. Select Wednesdays of November, come explore the preserve and breathe in the fresh Autumn air to get your exercise alongside other locals. No walk-ins accepted. Pre-registration required.

McDowell Campfire

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

Fire! Fun! Friends! Get all of these at a McDowell Nature Preserve campfire. Meeting place will be at McDowell Pavilion to spend the evening learning about fire safety and making new friends! No walk-ins accepted. Pre-registration required (for all participants, adult and child alike).

End Week Hike for Your Health

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

Who doesn't love fall colors? On the first 3 Fridays of November, explore the preserve and breathe in the fresh autumn air to get your exercise alongside other locals. The trees will be bare soon, so don't wait to sign-up. No walk-ins accepted. Pre-registration required. Additional Covid-19 restrictions.

Past events (414)

Astronomy Hike

McDowell Nature Center and Preserve

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