Rising to an elevation at 981ft above sea level, Nanny’s Mountain is visible to much of the surrounding Lake Wylie countryside. A wide, gravel hiking trail winds its way up to the top while a fork in the trail loops visitors around the mountain side. On clear days when the leaves are down visitors can see miles of Lake Wylie shoreline and uptown Charlotte skyscrapers.
The significance of Nanny’s Mountain dates back to the American Revolutionary War when iron was mined from the mountain to produce cannons, weapons and other goods. Two open-air iron ore pits are still visible. Some historians believe Nanny’s Mountain was a stop for runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad.
These days Nanny’s Mountain sees little activity other than hikers and wildlife enthusiasts. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed. Privately owned for many years, Nanny’s Mountain was sold to York County in 1997 and is maintained by York County Parks.