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

Itusi Bike Trails are OPEN.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Current status of park facilities   

The swim beach remains CLOSED. There are NO boat rentals or concessions.

The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. daily. All visitors must wear a mask or face covering while inside the visitor center.

Hiking trails, boat ramp, and some restroom facilities are open. Bike trails are open, weather permitting. There are no reservations permitted for the community building or picnic shelters.

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 October 3, we are following modified Phase 3.

 Last updated on: Monday, October 5, 2020

Family campground construction   

Please pardon the noise! We are building a new bathhouse, six new camper cabins, and adding 11 full hook-up sites with water, electricity, and sewer in our family campground. The work is expected to last until December of this year.   

 Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 2020


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 12:00pm
  • 1:00pm to 3:00pm
     
  • 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