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Mecklenburg County
Park and Recreation
5841 Brookshire Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28216

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Kevin Metcalf
704-504-9346

McDowell Nature Preserve Campground 

 

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Office Phone: 980-314-2267 (CAMP)

McDowellCampground@MecklenburgCountyNC.Gov

RESERVE YOUR SITE TODAY

*ALL ONLINE RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE


Again open to the public and accepting reservations! 

Campground Office Hours Of Operation:

10am - 6pm (May - October)

10am - 5pm (November - April)

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.

 

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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.

CAMPGROUND FEES & SITE DETAILS

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

RV CAMPING

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***    

TENT CAMPING (WATER & ELECTRIC)

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***

PRIMITIVE TENT CAMPING

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***

HOW TO LOCATE YOUR GATE CODE

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.

If the reservation is made over the phone or in person: 

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.

If the reservation is made online:

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.

CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT PROCEDURE

Check-in is anytime after 3:00 PM and Check-out is anytime before 12:00 PM

**For early check-in or late check-out please call our office prior to reservation.

CHECK-IN:

  • All guests must check-in at the Campground Office prior to setting up on their site.
  • Guests are required to check-in before the end of the business day.
  • All vehicles are required to display a parking pass on the left side (driver side) of their vehicle dashboard.
  • If your party cannot make it before the office closes, please call our office so we can make sure you have everything you need to check in. If you reach our voicemail during business hours, please leave a message and we will return your call by the end of the business day.
  • Locate your permit in your email to verify your reservation information. Please know your gate code and site number upon arrival.
  • If arriving after business hours, just drive directly to your site. A tag will be in your site box with your name.


CHECK-OUT:

  • All belongings and trash must be removed from the site including fire rings. Any additional trash that does not fit in your designated trash can may be taken with you or placed in the dumpsters.
  • Please do not remove the reservation site tag from campsites.
  • If you would like to add days to your reservation, please do so before noon of your designated check-out day.


CAMPGROUND EXTRAS

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FIREWOOD BUNDLES

7LBS BAG OF ICE

T-SHIRTS

FREE MAGNET (FILL OUT A SURVEY!)

LAUNDRY: COIN OPERATED

 

CAMPGROUND REGULATIONS 

  • All sites must be paid for in advance. 
  • All sites must always remain presentable and orderly. Please use receptacles and dumpsters to eliminate litter to the preserve.
  • Failure to abide by Park Rules can lead to temporary or permanent exclusion or prosecution.
  • All guests must check in at the Information Office upon arrival before proceeding to their campsite to receive parking tags and site information.
  • Vehicle parking passes must be placed on the dashboard in all vehicles permitted. A maximum of 2 vehicle passes will be issued per reservation.
  • Check-in is at 3:00 pm and Check-out is at 12:00 pm.  Check-in time and site changes must be approved by staff.
  • No more than 6 people may occupy the same site.
  • No generators are allowed on sites.
  • Swimming and wading are not allowed off park property.
  • No off-road vehicles are allowed (UTV/ATV or Dirt Bikes). 
  • No bicycles are allowed on trails.
  • All Pets must remain on a 6-foot leash or less at all times and are not allowed in the Bathhouse Restrooms.
  • Storage of RV's, campers and boat trailers is not allowed.
  • Campers must be at least 18 years of age to register a campsite and must be present during the duration of stay.
  • Quiet Hours of 10:00 pm – 7:00 am are strictly enforced.
  • No amplified music is allowed. Please be respectful of other guests.
  • Fireworks are prohibited.
  • Fires must be confined to designated grills or fire rings. Moving of fire rings is prohibited. Fires are not to be left unattended and must be completely extinguished prior to checkout. 
  • Only treated firewood is permitted for burning in campfires. 
  • McDowell Nature Preserve and Campground is a tobacco-free park.  
  • Consumption of alcohol is not allowed.
  • Acting in a disorderly manner or creating any noise which would result in an annoyance to others is prohibited.
  • Operating vehicles in a reckless manner, or in excess of the posted speed limits, or in areas other than those specifically intended for vehicular traffic is prohibited.
  • Dumping any refuse or waste, including grey water, from any trailer or other vehicles, except in places or receptacles provided for such use, is strictly prohibited. 
  • The Nature Preserve is not accessible after sunset. Entering the Preserve after hours is unlawful and considered trespassing.


EXTENDED STAY POLICY: PEAK SEASON

During the months of April-November (peak season), a 14 day per month maxium stay per family is in effect.

EXTENDED STAY POLICY: OFF SEASON         

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. 

REFUND POLICY

  1. Refunds will be given (minus a 10% administrative fee) if cancellation notice is given at least thirty (30) days in advance for Facility, Field and Shelter rentals OR at least ten (10) days in advance for Campground rentals and Activities.
  2. There will be NO REFUND if less than thirty (30) days' notice is given for Facility, Field and Shelter rentals.
  3. There will be NO REFUND if less than ten (10) days' notice is given for Campground rentals and Activities.
  4. NO REFUNDS will be given in the event of inclement weather.
  5. In the case of inclement weather, Facility, Field, and Shelter reschedules may be given for another time or location (of equal or lesser value) but must be requested within seven (7) business days after the event.
  6. Campground reschedules must be made at least three (3) days prior to the rental camping date.
  7. Only one (1) Camping reschedule is allowed per reservation.
  8. All refunds must be submitted via the Refund Request Form provided by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation.
  9. Customers should be aware that refunds take twenty-one (21) days to process.

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.

FISHING

  • All North Carolina state regulations apply.
  • No bank fishing is permitted after the Preserve is closed.

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Address

Office Location:

Mecklenburg County
Park and Recreation
5841 Brookshire Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28216

MAP

Contact

Kevin Metcalf
704-504-9346

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