Lake Norman State Park Itusi TrailLaurel Loop

Troutman, North Carolina

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The Laurel Loop is the newest path at Lake Norman State Park. The 4.7-mile route explores the eastern boundary of the property, just inside the park entrance. The trail is used by both mountain bikers and hikers. It travels mostly within the confines of a mixed upland forest comprising oak, beech, maple, and pine. However, the path does traverse some exposed terrain, which parallels a power-line boundary. The path also observes winter views of Lake Norman and crosses several small seasonal streams that lead to the nearby lakeshore. Even though a large portion of this route is circuitous, you will not feel as if you are simply weaving within the woods. Instead, the heavy tree cover and varying terrain leave you feeling immersed by the forest. This is a terrific hike if you want to feel lost in the forest and lost in your thoughts, while remaining on a very well-marked trail.
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by Jennifer Pharr Davis (Falcon Guides)

The Laurel Loop is the newest path at Lake Norman State Park. The 4.7-mile route explores the eastern boundary of the property, just inside the park entrance. The trail is used by both mountain bikers and hikers. It travels mostly within the confines of a mixed upland forest comprising oak, beech, maple, and pine. However, the path does traverse some exposed terrain, which parallels a power-line boundary. The path also observes winter views of Lake Norman and crosses several small seasonal streams that lead to the nearby lakeshore. Even though a large portion of this route is circuitous, you will not feel as if you are simply weaving within the woods. Instead, the heavy tree cover and varying terrain leave you feeling immersed by the forest. This is a terrific hike if you want to feel lost in the forest and lost in your thoughts, while remaining on a very well-marked trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Troutman
Distance: 4.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: About 2 to 3 hours
Season: Fall
Local Contacts: Duke Power State Park
Local Maps: USGS Troutman; Lake Norman State Park map available at the park ranger station and at www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/ lano/main.php
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Norman State Park: Itusi TrailLaurel Loop

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