Jetton Park Trail

Cornelius, North Carolina 28031

Jetton Park Trail

Jetton Park Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"You don’t have to own a mansion on the shore of Lake Norman to enjoy a day at the lake. Jetton Park offers a sunning beach, picnic area, and scenic hiking trails where families can spend an afternoon or a full day enjoying the clear blue water of Lake Norman. The hiking trails at the park split their time between the scenic lakeshore and inland pine forest.

The suggested route explores the shaded forest paths and then leaves the woods to contour the winding shoreline. The hike offers great views from the park’s peninsula and even passes the public beach, where hikers can build a castle or dig their toes into the soft white sand. This outing is recommended for everyone, but especially for families with children."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Five-Star Trails: Charlotte (Menasha Ridge Press)
Joshua Kinser
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"Located about 25 minutes north of Charlotte’s city center, the 105- acre Jetton Park has more than 4 miles of trails to explore. This hike starts at the park’s visitor center, on the shore of Lake Norman, and follows a section of the larger 1.5-mile loop trail onto smaller trails that lead into the center of the park, where formal gardens and a gazebo nestle in a mature pine-and-hardwood forest. The trail meanders through the gardens before rejoining the main trail on the lakeshore, then leads to a spacious sunning beach and picnic area before returning to the visitor center and the trailhead." Read more
Five-Star Trails: Charlotte (Menasha Ridge Press)
Joshua Kinser
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"This route follows a biking and running path that runs along the outer edge of 105-acre Jetton Park, about 25 minutes north of Charlotte’s city center. The trail begins at a playground near the entrance of the park and follows the path through a mature pine and hardwood forest before reaching the shore of Lake Norman. Along the lakeshore, many picnic pavilions equipped with barbecue grills off er wonderful views of the lake. The path also leads to a sunning beach before it returns to the playground and the trailhead." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Charlotte (Falcon Guides)
Jennifer Pharr Davis
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"What the Jetton Park pathways lack in mileage, they make up for in adventure. The trail system passes by a maintained garden, restored barn, lookout point, swimming beach, and playground—making it a great option for the young or the young at heart. Families with young children or strollers will appreciate the level terrain throughout Jetton Park. If you are craving a lakeside walk but don’t have private access to Lake Norman or the time to travel outside Mecklenburg County to Lake Norman State Park, then Jetton Park can provide a scenic and convenient option. The hiking paths feature smooth surfaces with flat terrain, and the park amenities can turn a short jaunt into a half-day adventure. Although the park boasts both paved and dirt paths, the hike described here attempts to follow predominantly dirt trails as it passes Jetton Park’s most popular attractions." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Trail Type
Dirt trail and paved walkways.
Skill Level
1-1.5 hours
Additional Use
Jetton Park on Lake Norman, 19000 Jetton Rd., Cornelius 28013; (980) 314-1000;
Local Contacts
USGS Lake Norman.
Local Maps

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Dec 2018