As the weather changes and the trees along the shores of Lake Wylie turn brilliant red and orange, the lake returns to calm after a summer of boating and wakeboarding.
Watching the lake from the shore can be a reflective time to take in the beauty of the surroundings and appreciate the stillness of the season. Thankfully, there are lots of places to admire Lake Wylie, no boat required.
Many natural areas along the shore are prime for lake gazing with rustic wooden benches and picnic tables beckoning visitors to sit awhile. For those looking for a bit more action, there are more than a few fishing spots along Lake Wylie banks and piers that are open to anyone with a fishing license.
Here are some places to check out:
This 26-acre park on Lake Wylie offers five picnic shelters, fishing and a public swimming beach to cool off. After Labor Day, park admission is free. For those wishing to “get away,” the park offers nearly 70 campsites along the shores of Lake Wylie. The park is open daily from 6 a.m. until dusk. Visit www.yorkcountygov.com/ebenezer or call 803-366-6620 for more information. 4490 Boatshore Rd., Rock Hill, S.C.
McDowell Nature Preserve
This 1,115-acre park along Lake Wylie offers eight miles of hiking trails—two miles that hug the shore of Lake Wylie—with a number of picnic sites, fishing sites and a waterfront deck for lake gazing. Copperhead Island at McDowell Nature Preserve offers bank and pier fishing, trails and picnicking. Visitors may also reserve the picnic shelter for day-use or rent the entire “island” for overnight group camping. 15222 York Rd. (Hwy. 49), Charlotte, NC. Visit www.parkandrec.com or call 704-588-5224 for more information.
A public pier on Allison Creek has been a favorite fishing spot for the community for many years. Cast a line or just admire the expansive lake views. From York, take SC Hwy 49 N/N Congress Street 8.9 miles. Turn right on SC Hwy 274 S/Hands Mill Hwy. Travel 1.2 miles and turn left onto Allison Creek Road (State Road S-46-1081). Go 0.5 miles and turn left onto Viesta Road.
Seven Oaks Preserve Trail
One of the most popular trails among the Carolina Thread Trail, the Seven Oaks Preserve Trail is the longest continuous trail along Lake Wylie. As you walk or bike ride along the 2.8-mile trail, keep your eye out for unique bird species including the bald eagle. Located on land protected by the Catawba Lands Conservancy, Seven Oaks Preserve Trail also connects with additional trails at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, so stop by after your hike to learn more about native and exotic botany. 6900 South New Hope Rd., Belmont, NC
South Point Park at River Hills
For River Hills residents and their guests, a waterfront park at South Point offers beautiful lake views. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere or take a dip in the beautiful lake.
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Old Brown Dog Regional Regatta