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Division of Nature Preserves and Natural Resources

*** ALERT ***

Due to Deer Population Control, Nature Preserves will be close on the following dates:

November 2, 3, 16, and 17

Cowan's Ford Wildlife Refuge / Latta Nature Preserve / Rural Hill / Buckeye Cove (formerly known as Stephen's Rd. Nature Preserve

November 9,10, 23, and 24

McDowell Nature Preserve

The Division of Nature Preserves and Natural Resources is responsible for the protection and conservation of Mecklenburg County's parks designated as Nature Preserves. 

Nature Preserves protect the county's biological resources and natural areas, while providing opportunities for environmental education, nature-based programs, and outdoor recreation.  

Our staff offer more than 5,000 programs annually, perform natural resource management on over 7,6​00 acres, maintain more than 30 miles of nature trails, and operate 3 nature centers and a public campground.​


Office Location:

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


Nature Preserves

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