Best trails in McDowell Nature Preserve

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Looking for a great trail in McDowell Nature Preserve, North Carolina? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in McDowell Nature Preserve ranging from 1.1 to 2.6 miles and from 606 to 705 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Cove, Cedar Ridge, Creekside and Chestnut Trail
McDowell Nature Preserve
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
Walked the outer most trails, clockwise; excluding the Campground TrailShow more
#2 - Shady Hollow and Pine Hollow Trail
McDowell Nature Preserve
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
Shady Hollow and Pine Hollow Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Charlotte, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for Show more
#3 - Kingfisher Trail
McDowell Nature Preserve
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 34 m
The preserve features 9 trails totaling nearly 7 miles. All trails are marked with color symbols. Mountain bikes are not permitted on preserve trails. Dogs are welcome, but must remain on a 6-foot or Show more
#4 - Charlotte Trails
McDowell Nature Preserve
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h
Charlotte Trails is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Charlotte, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, wShow more
#5 - McDowell Chestnut Loop
McDowell Nature Preserve
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 31 m
McDowell Chestnut Loop is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Charlotte, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikiShow more
#6 - Pine Hollow Trail, Four Seasons Trail, and Creekside Trail Loop
McDowell Nature Preserve
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 57 m
Pine Hollow Trail, Four Seasons Trail, and Creekside Trail Loop is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pineville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good forShow more
#7 - Piedmont Prairie Loop
McDowell Nature Preserve
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
Spectacular hike through tall prairie grassland preserve. Several large Oaks standing out to themselves. The entire trail follows an old dirt and gravel road through the prairie. To make a loop after Show more
#8 - McDowell Plantation Loop
McDowell Nature Preserve
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 43 m
McDowell Plantation Loop is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Charlotte, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activitShow more