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15222 York Road, Charlotte, NC 28278
Office Phone: 980-314-2267 (CAMP)
RESERVE YOUR SITE TODAY
*ALL ONLINE RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE
Hours of operation are subject to change. The campground office will be closed on the following upcoming dates: November 26-27, 2020, December 25-25, 28, 2020 and January 1, 2021.
Would you like to experience the "Great Urban Escape?" McDowell Nature Preserve offers 1,116 acres of peace and quiet. Choose from a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities and visit the Nature Center - all while you camp onsite! Additional park activities include 8 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, shelter rentals, fishing (NC fishing license required), Geocaching, Nature Center, and more!
McDowell Campground has 56 campsites ranging from full RV hookup to primitive sites. Additional amenities include a bathhouse, laundry facilities, and playground. Group camping is also available at Copperhead Island just a few miles up the road.
COPPERHEAD ISLAND IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR CAMPING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Campsites may be reserved seven days a week. Must be made 48 hours in advance ONLINE or by calling 980-314-2267(CAMP) Walk-in reservations are welcome, but not permitted after business hours. Set up is NOT permitted on a campsite without payment and proof of permit. Maximum of 6 people on each site. All vehicles MUST remain in their designated driveways. Additional vehicles must park in overflow parking located at the Office Building or in Primitive Parking Lots.
ALL RESERVATIONS MUST BE PAID IN FULL AT THE TIME OF BOOKING: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or Cash ONLY
McDowell Campground Map.pdfMcDowell Campground Information Flyer.pdf
RV sites are for pop-up campers or RV's ONLY.
RESERVE YOUR RV SITE TODAY!!! (R1-R13):***ALL RV SITES WILL REQUIRE LEVELING MATERIALS***
D sites, T sites, and P sites are designated TENT sites
RESERVE YOUR DRIVE-TO SITE TODAY!!! (D1-D26 & T1-T7): ***NO POP-UP CAMPERS OR RV'S ALLOWED ON SITES***
D sites, T sites, and P sites are designated TENT sites.
RESERVE YOUR PRIMITIVE SITE TODAY!!! (P1-P10) ***NO POP-UP CAMPERS OR RV'S ALLOWED ON SITES***
The Campground gate opens at 10 AM and closes at 6 PM daily. To access the gate a 4-digit gate code will be given to access the grounds during your stay. If reserving online, an additional permit aside from the original email receipts will be sent to you with the Gate Code. Please allow 24-48 hours after booking. If you have not received your Gate Code, please check your junk mail folder and/or call 980-314-2267. You will need this code to enter the grounds after 6 p.m.
Locate RESERVATION APPROVED email received from Campground Staff. Click the first link in email and scroll to the bottom of the permit. Gate Code will be located under the customer question section. Click that section to retrieve your code.
All reservations will receive a receipt and permit from eparks. There will be a 3rd follow up email that will be sent adding your gate code to your permit. Click the first link in email and scroll to the bottom of the permit. Gate Code will be located under the customer question section. Click that section to retrieve your code.
**For early check-in or late check-out please call our office prior to reservation.
During the months of April-November (peak season), a 14 day per month maxium stay per family is in effect.
During the months of December-March guests are permitted extended stay. All guests that are on extended stay must complete a separate information form and are to move campsites every 2 weeks for maintenance purposes.
In the event of a State of Emergency or Natural Disaster for non-departmental activities, athletic field reservations, facility rentals, etc., the department or patron may initiate a request for a full refund. In lieu of a refund due to a State of Emergency or Natural Disaster, the department/patron reserves the right to issue a credit for a future reservation for the same type of facility at a later date, up to 11 months in the future.
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