McDowell Nature Preserve Woodland Forest Trail

Lake Wylie, North Carolina

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Although McDowell Nature Preserve has great trails along Lake Wylie, it also features beautiful wooded paths that are terrific places to go bird watching or to simply stretch your legs. This trail starts at the McDowell Nature Center and then immediately dives into the woods on the Sierra Trail. The path travels a narrow corridor through a mixed forest of oak, maple, cedar, and pine. Eventually the route connects with the Creekside Trail and follows the fern-filled banks of Porter Branch, before veering up to meet Cedar Ridge. The trail then loops back to the nature center through a verdant forest with verdant undergrowth and stunning seasonal wildflowers.

McDowell Nature Preserve: Woodland Forest Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Although McDowell Nature Preserve has great trails along Lake Wylie, it also features beautiful wooded paths that are terrific places to go bird watching or to simply stretch your legs. This trail starts at the McDowell Nature Center and then immediately dives into the woods on the Sierra Trail. The path travels a narrow corridor through a mixed forest of oak, maple, cedar, and pine. Eventually the route connects with the Creekside Trail and follows the fern-filled banks of Porter Branch, before veering up to meet Cedar Ridge. The trail then loops back to the nature center through a verdant forest with verdant undergrowth and stunning seasonal wildflowers."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lake Wylie
Distance: 2.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: About 1.5 to 2 hours
Season: Fall
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: Woodland Forest Trail

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May 2018