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Viewing the lake through the trees at Lake Norman State Park
Swim beach bathrooms closed   

The bathrooms at the swim beach area are closed due to a broken water line. The bathrooms at Shortleaf Drive are the closest facilities to the beach.

 Last updated on: Saturday, August 13, 2022

Mountain bike trails are OPEN.    

All Mountain bike trails are OPEN.

 Last updated on: Saturday, August 13, 2022

Current Status of Park Facilities   

The Visitor Center is open from 9am-5pm daily.

The Visitor Center, restrooms, Lake Shore trail, and most reservable facilities are currently open. 
Bike trails are open weather permitting.

Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines throughout the park, regardless of the behavior of others. 

We will update this ALERT when things change.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, July 5, 2022


Map of North Carolina – Lake Norman State Park


Contact the park
 

704-528-6350

lake.norman@ncparks.gov
 

Address
 

Visitor center

759 State Park Road
Troutman, NC 28166

GPS: 35.6725, -80.9325
 

Hours
 

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  • 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
     

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  • 24-hour access to campground is available through the St. Johns Road access.
     
  • From the intersection of Old Mountain Road and East Monbo Road in the Troutman area, travel south approximately 4.3 miles on East Monbo Road to St. Johns Road. Turn left onto St. Johns Road and go 0.5. mile to State Park Road. Follow the signs for the campgrounds.
     

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  • Canoes, pedal boats, kayaks, and paddleboards are available for rent daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The boats are rented on a first-come, first-served basis and we are not able to reserve them.
     

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  • Open daily:
    9:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

List of trails

Refreshing views of Lake Norman and choice spots for fishing are offered for hikers and anglers, and an extensive network of more challenging trails through the forest is available for mountain bikers and hikers, too.

 


Alder Trail
Location:

Description:

Come and enjoy a relaxing stroll through the Alder trail. This trail totals .8 miles of serene lake views.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
0.80 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:

Dragonfly Trail
Location: Trailhead near Visitor Center

Description:

With the trailhead near the visitor center, the Dragonfly trial is ideal for all ages. This path is completely paved and easily accessible to wheelchair and stroller. This .15-mile trail (round-trip) has various nature displays along the way. Interactive lift-and-drop panels provided interesting and fun facts about the plants and animals found at Lake Norman State Park!


Surface: paved

Length:
0.15 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:

Itusi Trail
Location: The trailhead is near the park office.

Description:

Enjoy 30.5 miles of hiking/biking adventures on the Itusi Trails. The Itusi trail is comprised of 8 loops which range from 1.0 to 9.75 miles in distance. All of these are considered easy to moderate, with the exception of Laurel Loop which is considered more moderate. Feel free to experiment with a shorter loop or test your endurance on the monster trail, either way, it will be venture to remember!


Surface: natural surface

Length:
30.50 miles
loop
Difficulty:
Blaze:
blue diamond

Lake Shore Trail
Location:

Description:

The Lake Shore Trail is a beautiful, scenic footpath along the lake shore. It is designed to accommodate an array of fitness levels as it has shortcuts (3 miles round trip) and extensions (6.3 miles round trip). Voted by Charlotte a must see trail - it is sure to impress.

The Lake Norman State Park TRACK Trail adventures were designed for use on the Lakeshore Trail and the Short Turn Trail.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
6.20 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
red for short cut, white for entire trail

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, August 20, 2022 - 2:00pm
Friday, August 26, 2022 - 6:00pm
Saturday, August 27, 2022 - 9:00am