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Controlled Burn at Visitor Center   

Lake Norman State Park may be conducting a controlled burn on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in the area surrounding the Visitor Center. During this time the Alder Trail, Dragon Fly Trail and Itusi Connector trails will be temporarily closed. The remainder of the Itusi Trail will remain open and can be accessed by the road. Please stay out of burned area until deemed safe by staff. Thank you! 

 Last updated on: Monday, March 18, 2019

Itusi Trail is OPEN!    

The Itusi Trail is OPEN! (Hawk and Hicks Creek loops are temporarily closed for repairs).

 Last updated on: Saturday, March 16, 2019

Hawk and Hicks Creek Loops -...   

The Hawk and Hicks Creek loops are both temporarily closed for repairs. This closure will be in place for at least 30 days. Crews are working to build a more modern, sustainable trail. The closure will also allow time for the tread to settle and not get damaged. 

 Last updated on: Friday, March 8, 2019

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.

Point of Interest:
Length:
0.80 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
The Alder trail at Lake Norman State Park
Surface: Natural surface
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!

Point of Interest:
Length:
0.15 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
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!

Point of Interest:
Length:
30.50 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Blaze:
blue diamond
Surface: Natural surface
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.

Point of Interest:
Length:
6.20 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
red for short cut, white for entire trail
Contact:

Lake Norman State Park

759 State Park Road
TroutmanNC 28166
Phone704-528-6350
lake.norman@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.672548
Longitude: -80.932500

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Family Campground and Boat Launch are open 24 hours through the St. Johns Road entrance.

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