Matthews Things to Do: A Birdwatcher's Paradise

For the bird watching enthusiast, BBonline recommends a visit to Matthews, North Carolina. Several areas have been preserved and reconstructed to encourage once rare species of birds back into the area. Near the cities of Charlotte and Mecklenburg, visitors will be amazed at the abundance of Matthews things to do and see.

McDowell Park, Mecklenburg
15222 York Rd
Charlotte, NC 28278
www.charmeck.org

A recently restored area with local help and encouragement from the National Audubon Society, BBonline recommends a trip to McDowell Park. Through the efforts of the local community this area has been restored and is now home to several species of sparrow and the common ground dove. The area is similar to prairie land and can get quite muddy, so visitors are advised to be prepared. McDowell Park is located off of highway 49 south of Charlotte. The park entrance is clearly marked on the appropriate exit. Staying in a Matthews Bed and Breakfast can give the bird lover access to all the best local sites for viewing.

Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge
5700 U.S. Highway 52
Wadesboro, NC 28170
(704) 694-4424
www.fws.gov/peedee

For those interested in waterfowl, BBonline recommends the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge. Created to attract and protect the local migratory water birds, this wildlife refuge is home to more than 10,000 birds annually. Canadian Geese are frequent visitors to the park, as well as Bob White Quail and wild turkeys. The lucky visitor may even catch a glimpse of a white tail deer passing through one of the many paths. Fish, reptiles and amphibians also help create the balanced ecosystem of the wildlife refuge. While staying in a Matthews Bed and Breakfast, the bird watcher can make repeated visits to Pee Dee as well as other magnificent locations.

River Bend Park and Lower Lake Hickory
http://www.catawbacountync.gov/depts/parks

For those that fancy a trip out of Mathews, BBonline recommends the River Bend Park and Lower Lake Hickory. The River bend park covers more than 400 acres of land owned by the county. There is a mile of shoreline and scenic views of beautiful Lake Hickory. Several breeds of bird make this park their home, including the Broad winged Hawk, Eastern Kingbird, Cliff Swallow and Indigo Bunting. Visitors to the area rave of the natural beauty and variety of birds on show. Bird watchers reserving a room in a Matthews Inn can gain access to Riverbend Park and points beyond.

Weymouth Woods Sand Hills Nature Preserve
1024 Fort Bragg Road
Southern Pines, NC 28387
(910) 692-2167
www.ncparks.gov

With more than 900 acres to explore, BBonline recommends the Weymouth Woods Sand Hills Nature Preserve. Owned and operated by the State of North Carolina, this nature preserve will bring stunning views, trails and some excellent bird watching opportunities. Visitors are advised to keep their eyes peeled for the Chuck's-will-widow, the Great Crested Flycatcher, the Kentucky and Wooded Warbler and the Bachman's Sparrow. Exquisite species of trees also decorate the landscape of this Nature preserve. Bird watching is said to be good year round and the trails have minimal elevation.