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Viewing the lake through the trees at Lake Norman State Park
Itusi Bike Trails are OPEN.    

The Itusi Bike Trails are OPEN.   

 Last updated on: Monday, August 2, 2021

Current status of park facilities   

The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and 9 am to 6 pm Friday, Saturday, & Sunday.

There are limited boat rentals available on the weekends. 

Boat rentals are $10 per hour. 

The swim beach is open and will start charging a swim fee on Friday 6/18/21. Adults = $6, Children 3-12 = $4, Infants 0-2 = No Charge. The swim beach only accepts cash, so if you plan to pay with a credit card, please visit the Visitor Center first to pay and bring your receipt to the swim beach to get your wrist band. When there are no lifeguards on duty there is no charge and you swim at your own risk. 

Hiking trails, boat ramp, and 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 50 people per reservation/event.

Outdoor facalities such as Shelters are open for reservations. Shelters are limited to 50 -100 people per reservation/event. 

Family campsites and group campsites are open for reservations. Visit the reservations website or call 1-877-722-6762 to make a reservation. Reservations for available campsites may be made on the day of arrival up to 7:00 pm. Reservations for available cabins may be made on the day of arrival up to 6:00 pm.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of May 19th, we are following Executive Order 215.

 Last updated on: Monday, July 12, 2021


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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  • 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