McDowell Nature Preserve Cove Loop

Lake Wylie, North Carolina

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This route explores a scenic and undeveloped cove at Lake Wylie. It starts by first taking a warm-up loop on the handicapped-accessible Four Seasons Trail, and then follows the nearby creek to its marshy tributary. At this point the Cove Trail will lead you past the wetlands area and to the shoreline of Lake Wylie. This quiet waterside trek will often reveal nesting waterfowl or even a freshwater otter. After tracing the shoreline the trail veers inland and follows the undulating Shady Hollow Trail back to the visitor center, where a brief downhill hike will lead you back to your car at the Four Seasons trailhead.

McDowell Nature Preserve: Cove Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This route explores a scenic and undeveloped cove at Lake Wylie. It starts by first taking a warm-up loop on the handicapped-accessible Four Seasons Trail, and then follows the nearby creek to its marshy tributary. At this point the Cove Trail will lead you past the wetlands area and to the shoreline of Lake Wylie. This quiet waterside trek will often reveal nesting waterfowl or even a freshwater otter. After tracing the shoreline the trail veers inland and follows the undulating Shady Hollow Trail back to the visitor center, where a brief downhill hike will lead you back to your car at the Four Seasons trailhead."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lake Wylie
Distance: 2.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: About 1 hour
Season: Fall,winter,early spring
Local Contacts: McDowell Nature Preserve
Local Maps: USGS Lake Wylie; basic trail maps are available for free at the trailhead kiosk and inside the nature center
Driving Directions: Directions to McDowell Nature Preserve: Cove Loop

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May 2018