McDowell Nature Preserve

     


Charlotte, North Carolina
Phone: (704) 588-5224

Sites: 56
Recent Rate: $25 5/2013


Latitude: 35.0941918588322
Longitude: -81.0239124298096

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 12
  • Good 6
  • Average 0
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 0

19 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

Cheeph

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

I agree with previous reviews. Very nice area. Fairly close to Charlotte but it takes a long time to get anywhere in Charlotte due to traffic. The RV sites are sporatic. A few are fairly flat but others are very sloped. We stayed on R-3 and could not level the motorhome without blocking. If you make reservations, ask for a level site. Our MH is 30' and roads were tight. Longer rigs would have a lot of trouble getting around. Overall, would stay here again, but know what to ask for now. We camped at McDowell Nature Preserve in a Motorhome.

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TheRiches

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

This state park was great. Our site was R9 and we liked it quite a bit. Pull-through, gravel site. Small grassy areas around for our two dogs at night, and a lot of walking trails (not too difficult, but some good ups and downs to get a better work out if you want one). There isn't an official dog walk area, but there are plenty of spaces nearby to walk them. The site was clean, the picnic table was fine, fire ring good. They sold firewood bundles at the front gate for $4, which seemed to have enough for a good night's fire. They close and lock the gate at night so check the hours if you're arriving late. It's pretty easy to get here off of I-485 as well (the loop that goes around Charlotte and connects I-77 with I-85). I went into the bathhouse just once because we are in a motorhome. The floors were sort of yucky but the rest was good - clean enough and nice privacy in that you could lock the door like a single stall public restroom, and use the shower and mirror etc. in there with total privacy. There were a lot of kids around the area and in the playground area, but it wasn't overly noisy. It was pretty full and still pretty quiet at night. There is a lot of retail - grocery store, restaurants, super Target, etc. 2-3 miles down the road (a busy road I wouldn't want to walk along though). We walked the Kingfisher Trail that goes downhill and then a little along Lake Wylie, then reverse back to the campground. We also did the Chestnut Trail that winds around in a circle, a good amount of ups and downs, through the woods...both were very peaceful and enjoyable. I'd recommend the Chestnut Trail if you want total quiet, woodsy, bird calls, etc. We camped at McDowell Nature Preserve in a Motorhome.

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Al Larson

Review Count: 117
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Located in a 1,100 acre county park this campground offers privacy in a heavily wooded setting, yet is close to a shopping area and downtown Charlotte. Most of the paved pull-through sites are quite large and well spaced. The campground is very popular on weekends, so if you plan to stay during the warm weather months, a reservation is suggested. Be careful to note the route to your site (posted at the entry kiosk) as the roads can be confusing. The preserve offers extensive hiking trails, fishing and boat ramps. I was able to obtain a good Verizon broadband signal and a several over-the-air TV stations. Satellite owners may have a difficult time obtaining a clear view of the sky due to the tree cover. We camped at McDowell Nature Preserve in a Motorhome.

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Prebo

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Everything in this park was excellent except the sites themselves. They are very uneven. This is our first trip as full time RV'ers and we just about didn't have enough wood to level us. I had 14 in of wood under my front leg to level our trailer. We camped at McDowell Nature Preserve in a Travel Trailer.

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paylor

Review Count: 70
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

What a great find! The woods are beautiful. It's a bit tight to drive through, but we made it in a 38'. We camped at McDowell Nature Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

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Steve_M

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Excellent campground with very nice hiking trails around Lake Wylie. Showers/restrooms are individually accessible by external door and each appears to be handicap accessible. Rent a tents are wall tents and are $36-46 per night. We camped at McDowell Nature Preserve in a Tent.

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FreedomExp

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We were in Charlotte for a soccer tournament. The bathrooms were awesome. There were unisex individual bathrooms with sinks and showers. The facilities were excellent. The sites were paved and weren't on top of each other. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. We camped at McDowell Nature Preserve in a Travel Trailer.

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keystonepassport

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

The wife and I really enjoyed this park. Lots of hiking trails available, super clean and private bathrooms, courteous and polite staff, big sites, pull throughs, quiet, and the price is fair. Our travel trailer is 32' long so some roads were a little tight but manageable. Some sites can be a challenge in leveling. That's why I'm not rating it a 10. We will come back. Make sure you have reservations. We camped at McDowell Nature Preserve in a Travel Trailer.

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epperson1

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice quiet park. All sites are paved but most are not level. Roads are good but tight. Sites are very big. Bath house is A+++. Dump station is difficult to access but OK. Only about 15 sites are available to RV's. Call ahead for reservations. Very convenient shopping nearby. Plenty of hiking trails and exhibits. We camped at McDowell Nature Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

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S. A. Mick

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is a hidden gem in Charlotte. The Preserve itself is full of hiking trails and sits right on Lake Wylie. The RV sites are tucked (somewhat tightly) in tall pine trees. Some of the spaces are a bit out of level, which isn't really a big deal to me. A really nice bathhouse offers private bathrooms, which is rare it seems for a city park like this. I'd certainly stay again, and already plan on it. We camped at McDowell Nature Preserve in a Travel Trailer.

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joanofarc

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

A small jewel in Charlotte. A wonderful place to walk and enjoy nature. Bathrooms are not only clean, but private 8 X 10 full baths! Staff was very friendly and helpful. Big rigs, make reservations early. All sites pull-through. I wish I could have spent more time. I will go back. We camped at McDowell Nature Preserve in a Travel Trailer.

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PRG

Review Count: 73
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

I agree with the last review. If you have a large rig like ours you need to call make sure you are assigned to one of the longer sites. Nice park with a trail to the lake. Lots of restaurants and shopping nearby. New restrooms that are clean and well maintained. We would camp there again. We camped at McDowell Nature Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

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mastercraft

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

The site that I stayed in was a large pull through that had 50 amp service. I think they only have 12 or 13 in the whole park so make sure you have your reservations. They had a new attendant when I made my reservation that actually assigned 2 of us to the same spot. Luckily we noticed it and had it changed. It is advertised as big rig friendly, but the roads were tight with my 38foot and their were a lot of low lying tree limbs. The site were level in the middle with small gravel. Picnic tables and fire rings were provided. Make sure you use your water pressure regulator. With the regulator, I had the best water pressure I have ever had. Overall this was a nice campground. Strange that it is on Lake Wiley but does not have water access. No beach or boat ramp. We camped at McDowell Nature Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

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meanderingman

Review Count: 132
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This is everything a campground should be. Large, well separated, private fairly level sites . Our favorite round steel fire rings. Friendly, helpful staff. Bathroom/showers are heated. Bathrooms will be replaced temporarily with porta-potties from December 07 to May 08 during construction of new facility. Quiet and peaceful. We will stay here again. Only 13 of the sites are RV sites; others are tent or tent trailer sites. May be full in summer months?? We camped at McDowell Nature Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

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BusyDad

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is a nice place to use as a home base. If you are looking for a destination, this is definitely not the place for you. No swimming of any kind even thought the park adjoins Lake Wylie. Fishing is available but with the drought, the water is down and fishing from the several piers was not so much fun. It is not a flat park by any means so biking is OK for those that like hills. The park does have several nice playgrounds for children. It is close to restaurants and grocery stores, but no camp store. The sites are for the most part very level side to side. Some of the fronts do drop off pretty quick. Small park if you take away the tent sites that are included in the total number. We will definitely go back as we enjoy the solitude. We camped at McDowell Nature Preserve in a Travel Trailer.

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