Cove Trail

Charlotte, North Carolina

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Following the edge of a long, narrow cove on the eastern edge of Lake Wylie, you’ll enjoy stunning views while the dogs have several opportunities to splash around in the clear green water. At the southeastern edge of the queen city of Charlotte, and nestled along the banks of Lake Wylie, the McDowell Nature Preserve gets you back to nature without you ever leaving the city. Visitors enjoy a nature center, campground, fishing piers, picnicking, and playgrounds. With 8.0 miles of hiking and two boat ramps at Copperhead Island, there’s something for everyone.
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by Melissa Watson (Falcon Guides)

Following the edge of a long, narrow cove on the eastern edge of Lake Wylie, you’ll enjoy stunning views while the dogs have several opportunities to splash around in the clear green water.

At the southeastern edge of the queen city of Charlotte, and nestled along the banks of Lake Wylie, the McDowell Nature Preserve gets you back to nature without you ever leaving the city. Visitors enjoy a nature center, campground, fishing piers, picnicking, and playgrounds. With 8.0 miles of hiking and two boat ramps at Copperhead Island, there’s something for everyone.

© 2016 Melissa Watson/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Charlotte
Distance: 1.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 35 minutes
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 606 feet
Top Elevation: 663 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Rd., Charlotte; (704) 583-1284; www.charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ ParkandRec/StewardshipServices/Nature Preserves/Pages/McDowell.aspx
Local Maps: DeLorme: North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer, page 57, F5
Driving Directions: Directions to Cove Trail

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