McDowell Nature Center and Preserve LbNA # 12243 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Nov 20 2004|
|Location||15222 York Road, Charlotte, NC|
|Last Update||Nov 11 2007|
Placed by Denise
**The McDowell Park Letterbox is missing.
McDowell Nature Center and Nature Preserve is located at 15222 York Road in southwestern Mecklenburg County.
Traveling South on I-77 from Charlotte:
Near the NC/SC border, take Exit 90 onto Carowinds Boulevard. Go west approximately 3 miles to Highway 49 (York Road). Turn left on Highway 49 and travel 4 miles. The nature preserve entrance is on the right.
A vehicle entrance fee of $3 (County resident) and $5 (non-County resident) is charged on weekends and holidays to the nature preserve from March 1 through October 31. The park is free from November 1 until March 1.
For more information about McDowell Nature Center and Preserve go to:
McDowell Park Letterbox: the trail next to the playground is closed due to habitat restoration. I hope the letterbox it still there. You can still get to by going the backway if you are adventurous.
Pick up a trail map at the Nature Center.
Park at the Nature Center. Follow the left fork of the Pine Hollow trail until you reach the intersection of the Four Seasons Trail. Follow the Four Seasons Trail until you reach the intersection of the Creekside Trail. This is a loop trail and you should take the left fork of the trail. Do not go over the bridge. Continue on the Creekside Trail, up a hill, and across a power line cut. After you cross the power line cut you will continue through a pine forest. Off the trail to the right you will see an old outhouse. The Creekside letterbox is hidden against the back of the outhouse.
Cedar Ridge Letterbox:
Park at the Nature Center. Follow the right fork of the Pine Hollow Trail until you reach the intersection of the Creekside Trail. Take the right fork of the Creekside Trail. Continue on the Creekside Trail until you reach the intersection of the Cedar Ridge Trail. Continue on the Cedar Ridge Trail, Down a steep hill. You will notice a large fallen tree whose end is at a small bridge. The Cedar Ridge Letterbox is hidden under the far side of the small bridge.
McDowell Park Letterbox (MISSING):
Park at(or hike to) the playground. If you are facing the playground, to the left side is a slide. Just to the left of the slide is a trail. Follow this trail down two sets of stairs to the bottom. At this intersection take a right. This is a connector trail from the Chestnut Trail to the Kingfisher Trail. Follow this trail approximately 83 feet and you will see an uprooted tree to the left of the trail. The McDowell Park Letterbox is hidden behind the roots of the uprooted tree.