The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily. All visitors must wear a mask or face covering while inside the visitor center.
There are NO boat rentals or concessions.
The swim beach is open. There are no lifeguards on duty so you swim at your own risk. Currently there is no charge.
Hiking trails, boat ramp, and some restroom facilities are open. Bike trails are open, weather permitting.
Indoor facalities such as Community Building, Auditoriums, and Classrooms are open for reservations through the Visitor Center only. Indoor facalities are limited to 25 people per reservation/event. Social distancing, face covering, and frequent hand washing all are required for rentals of these facilities.
Outdoor facalities such as Shelters are open for reservations. Shelters are limited to 45 people per reservation/event. Social distancing, face covering, and frequent hand washing all are required for rentals of these facilities.
Family campsites and group campsites are open for reservations. Visit the reservations website or call 1-877-722-6762 to make a reservation.
Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of March 12th, we are following Executive Order 195.Last updated on: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
The Itusi Bike Trails are OPEN.Last updated on: Friday, April 16, 2021
Thank you for your patience, our new campground facilities are now available for reservation. Please navigate to our Reservations Section to make your reservation or call 877-722-6762Last updated on: Monday, February 22, 2021
Contact the park
759 State Park Road
Troutman, NC 28166
GPS: 35.6725, -80.9325
- November to February:
7:00am to 6:00pm
- March to April:
7:00am to 8:00pm
- May to August:
7:00am to 9:00pm
- September to October:
7:00am to 8:00pm
- 24-hour access to campground and boat launch is available through the entrance on St. Johns Road.
- Closed Christmas Day
- Open daily:
9:00am to 12:00pm
1:00pm to 4:00pm
- Closed Christmas Day
Get plant and animal checklists at the park office.
All of the fields cultivated by past residents of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries have been reforested by pines through natural succession and intentional planting. Today, the park is comprised of a mix of pine and hardwood forests. Due to severe storms and infestation by southern pine beetles, the pine forest exists as smaller pockets surrounded by a forest of hardwoods. Hickories, sweet gum, red maple, dogwood and oaks are the prevalent species. Mountain laurel, wild hydrangea, box elder, strawberry bush and other small trees and shrubs comprise the understory.
Stream banks are dominated by sweet gum, ironwood and river birch while beech may be found in the coves. Alder and willow thickets grow along the lake's edge, and marsh communities include a variety of grasses, rushes and sedges.
Though most of the park's animal species are rarely seen, at least 35 species of mammals have been found in the area around the park. Upland communities are home to coyotes, Virginia opossum, eastern cottontail, gray squirrel, red and gray foxes, and white-tailed deer, as well as the eastern mole and several species of shrews and mice. Muskrat and raccoon may be seen in the marshes along the creeks and lake.
Amphibians and reptiles are abundant and diverse. Frogs, turtles and water snakes inhabit wetlands along the creeks and the perimeter of the lake. Most of the snakes found in the park are harmless and seldom seen. However, the venomous copperhead lives in the park; hikers should exercise caution.
Bird life in the park is typical of the Carolina piedmont. Carolina chickadees, pine warblers, rufous-sided towhees and bobwhites make their homes in the uplands. Red-tailed hawks are common, and wild turkey and osprey also may be seen near the lake.
The waters of Lake Norman attract a variety of waterfowl. Mallards, wood ducks, teal and other ducks, as well as geese, may be seen during certain seasons. Wading birds, including great blue herons, green-backed herons and egrets, may be encountered along lake shallows in summer. Shorebirds rest in these areas during spring and fall migrations. A 3,000-acre waterfowl refuge is located south of Cowans Ford Dam.