Treasurecuzns letterbox  LbNA # 21383

Placed DateApr 13 2006
LocationCharlotte, NC
Planted Bytreasurecuzns    
Found By WalkinOrange
Last Found May 26 2007
Hike Distance?

Easy walk on well marked trail in wooded area near lake!

McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Rd
Charlotte,NC 28278
Directions to the preserve travelling I-77 near the NC/SC border - take exit 90 onto Carowinds boulevard. Go west approx. 2 miles to S Tryon St./hwy 49. Turn left on hwy 49 and travel 4 miles. Entrance is on the right.
The McDowell Nature Preserve has nearly 7 miles of trails offering hikers and nature enthusiasts the opportunity to explore a diversity of terrain while enjoying scenic views of the lake forest and streams. A variety of wildlife can be viewed from these trails from dawn to dusk.
An entrance fee to the preserve is charged March 1 through October 31 on weekends and holidays only.All pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet.

open 7 am to sunset

Go past the entrance to the Nature Center and follow signs towards the playground. Go past the playground to the far parking lot ( the one nearest the lake).
There is a map board located here. Find the waterfront deck past the restrooms, then follow the path from the deck past the boat docks and over the wooden bridge behind the rest rooms - taking Kingfisher Trail ( blue triangle trail markers)south away from Copperhead Island.Go over the two footbridges over the small ravine and follow the path along the shore and across the gravel road.. Go up the stairs still following the Kingfisher Trail markers(blue triangle) to the right. You will see where the connector trail ( white circle marker)joins the trail,--do not go down to the gravel road on the Kingfisher (blue triangle) at this point. Stay on the connector trail ( white cicle marker)going over the wooden bridge that has a wooden retaining wall on your left. Follow connector trail to the intersection where the map post and sawn logs are placed. Go over the wooden bridge that has the built-in bench and up the stairs,and to the right towards the fishing pier and campgrounds. Still on the connector trail(white circle), look for two large trees leaning on a third--the first tree has a metal ID tag = red maple. Just beyond this, still on the left side of the trail ,is a tree that has it's top broken off. There is a hollow at the base of the tree.This is where the letterbox is hidden. Use your walking stick to stir up the logs in the hollow ( checking for snakes or other critters)before reaching in to remove the box. Please try to aviod letting other hikers see you find or re-hide the box .
Drop us a card or e-mail to let us know what you think ( our first box)