Charlotte, North Carolina

McDowell Nature Preserve

Charlotte, North Carolina



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

Sites: 56
Recent Rate: $38 6/2015

Latitude: 35.0941918588322
Longitude: -81.0239124298096

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

21 Reviews

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h2oskier

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

The park itself is very beautiful and sits on Lake Wylie. We arrived late and had to knock on the door of another camper to find out about the gate code since there was a big sign that stated the gate locked at dark (which could be open to interpretation). Had trouble finding the site in the dark. Sites are gravel, not level and most are on an incline. Trees are low and the access roads have sharp curves. It would be a great place for smaller campers (less than 30 feet) and not the 40 foot one we were driving, which we were assured would not be a problem. The next day when we checked at the office, we did not receive any information, receipts, gate code, etc. Staff seemed to be more interested in their private conversation than helping. Since it is a state park, local residents receive a considerable discount, but there appeared to be several "permanent" camps which did not add to the overall appearance of the campground. We had to clean up the trash that had been left by a previous guest to make the site nice. We camped at McDowell Nature Preserve in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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VtLee

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Of the few sites that they have for RVs, make sure that you get a level one. Site R13 in particular has a 8" side to side fall that makes it impossible to level your rig on. We moved to site R2 and it was very level and long so we could remain hooked up if wanted. There are many interesting short hike trails and you are just outside of a very busy city with lots of things to do. No wifi but our AT&T worked good. We camped at McDowell Nature Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Cheeph

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $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: April, 2013 - $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: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $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: November, 2011 - $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: 6

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $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: October, 2010 - $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: August, 2010 - $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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epperson1

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

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $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: April, 2009 - $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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keystonepassport

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

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $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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joanofarc

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

Date of Stay: October, 2008 - $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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mastercraft

Review Count: 31
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2008 - $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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PRG

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

Date of Stay: May, 2008 - $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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