Copperhead Island is a 14-acre retreat from hustle and speedboat bustle of Lake Wylie. With primitive camping only and separated from the mainland’s boat ramps, the island offers a nice escape, albeit one with all the amenities of the nearby McDowell Nature Center and Preserve, including 7 miles of hiking trail. The sites are walk-in, but it’s a short walk. And the “island” is connected to the mainland making for easier access. is Copperhead Island is a group site, and must be rented in its entirety.

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Getting there from downtown Charlotte
Address: 15200 Soldier Road
City: Charlotte
State: N.C.
Zip: 28278
Distance: 30 minutes from downtown Charlotte
Latitude: 35.0642
Longitude: 81.0170
No. of campsites: 6
No. with hookups: None
No. without hookups: None
Primitive sites: 6
Reservations? Yes. Call 980-314-2267 for reservations
Cost: Call 980-314-2267 for pricing
Year-round? Yes
Gate hours: 7 a.m. to sunset
Stuff to do nearby: Paddling, fishing, hiking, horseshoes, beach volleyball.