Fort Mill Times

Our Editorial View: Enjoy the natural beauty of our area

By Lake Wylie Pilot editorial board

It’s springtime in our beautiful community as Charlotte Highway pops to life with pink flowers blooming on the trees. As York County Council and other county planning groups weigh the best paths for the future of our area, here are a few ways to remember how good we have it when we step outside in Lake Wylie.

Aside from our “main street,” the lake, and all the boating, fishing and water fun activities, there are other adventures nearby. But first, think spring cleaning. Registration for the annual Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation’s Riversweep opens the first day of spring, March 21. This year, the event is being held May 21. Keep our lake looking beautiful by pitching in to help cleaning or become a much-needed boat captain. Visit

Now, for the fun.

Carowinds opens March 25 with two new attractions: Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 3Z Arena, the world’s first intra-active 3D attraction, and the all-new Carolina Harbor waterpark, included with the price of admission. The latter opens May 21.

Trek up Nanny’s Mountain with an elevation of 981 feet above sea level on a 1.1 mile trail accessible from Liberty Hill Road West of Charlotte Highway, just south of Five Points in Lake Wylie. The moderately difficult trail passes mine sites where during the Revolutionary War iron was mined for weapons. At the top is an education pavilion and picnic area. Taking a right at the fork leads to another picnic area and a lookout. Pets are allowed on a leash.

Take a hike along Lake Wylie’s shoreline at Seven Oaks Preserve Trail, 6900 South New Hope Road, Belmont; McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, Steele Creek; and The Piedmont Medical Center Trail in the Riverwalk community along the Catawba River in Rock Hill.

The Seven Oaks Trail is part of the Carolina Thread Trail. It is a 2.8-mile natural surface trail meandering along the shoreline of Lake Wylie on 78 acres of preserved land managed by the Catawba Lands Conservancy. The trail connects to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden trails, including two segments at either end creating a 5-mile loop from the trailhead at the Seven Oaks Preserve Trail. The Persimmon Trail connects to the garden's parking lot. Bicycles are allowed on the Seven Oaks Preserve Trail but not the garden’s trails. Want to support trail efforts by making a financial contribution or volunteering? Call 704-376-2556 or visit

Part of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, McDowell Nature Preserve in Steele Creek is 1,107 acres and includes a nature center, camping, playgrounds, picnic areas, 7 miles of hiking trails from easy to moderate, as well as fishing and boating access at Copperhead Island. Mountain bikes are not permitted on preserve trails. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed at all times. Check out the events calendar for announcements of events.

The Piedmont Medical Center Trail, 1 Dunkins Ferry Road, Rock Hill, runs 3.35-mile trip one way from the park entrance. The nature trails, mostly paved, include a canoe/kayak launch.

Also not far away is Kings Mountain State Park, 1277 Park Road, Blacksburg, great for hiking, two fishing lakes, and adjacent to Kings Mountain National Military Park, one of many national park Revolutionary War sites. Find also: camping, equestrian trails, special events, and self-guided tours of the Living History Farm, which includes a barn, cotton gin and blacksmith/carpenter shop.

And don’t forget about Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, with hiking, biking, fishing, camping and horseback riding on more than 2,100 acres and 40 miles of trails to explore. Visit

It’s a great time to explore the outdoors and see the natural beauty of our area.