Lake Norman State Park Lake Shore Loop

Troutman, North Carolina 28166

Lake Norman State Park Lake Shore Loop

Lake Norman State Park: Lake Shore Loop Professional Guide

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"This path makes a loop within the borders of Lake Norman State Park. It meanders 5.2 miles—primarily along the shoreline of Lake Norman—and offers stunning views of the remote northern portion of the lake. Following a wellmaintained, well-marked trail, the hike is pleasant yet offers a nice challenge with its brief but frequent up-and-down climbs.

Covering more than 32,750 acres and with 520 miles of shoreline, Lake Norman was formed in 1964 when Duke Energy completed construction on the Cowans Ford Dam across the Catawba River. The dam was put in place to generate electricity for the Charlotte area and aid in the Queen
City’s industrialization and growth skyrocketed."

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"Attention pedestrians: Lake Norman State Park reserved the most scenic route on the property just for hikers! Unlike the other multiuse trails at the park, this path is reserved for those traveling on two feet. The gorgeous loop contours the quiet undeveloped shoreline of northern Lake Norman. The path weaves in and out of protected coves, where nesting waterfowl can often be found. And because this route travels a peninsula with a small neck, almost the entire hike offers stunning views of the lake. Although the hike stays near the flat and tranquil water, the short but constant ups and downs on the trail make this hike feel more strenuous than you might expect. But if you take your time, a good attitude, a picnic, and perhaps your camera, this will soon become one of your favorite hikes near Charlotte." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
November through March
Lake Norman State Park
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USGS Troutman
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Dec 2018