Lake Norman State Park

Facilities Status

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Hiking Trails

Open

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Biking Trails

Closed

Closed due to wet conditions.

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Boat Rentals

Daily 9am-3pm

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About the Park

Map of North Carolina with a star indicating the location of Lake Norman State Park

Located in Iredell County 40 miles north of Charlotte, Lake Norman State Park boasts the region's popular mountain biking trail system, the Itusi Trail, offering nearly 31 miles of single-track trail. The namesake lake is the largest manmade lake within the state, and the park covers about 17 miles of its northern shoreline. Park Lake, set off from the larger Lake Norman by a dam, offers quiet fishing spots and paddling. Heron rookeries on two islands shelter over 25 great blue heron nests. 

Camping

  • Camper cabins
  • Tent sites
  • Trailer and RV sites (some with electric, water, and sewer hookups)
  • Group tent sites
  • Dump station
  • Showers
  • Firewood

Activities

  • Hiking (38 miles)
  • Biking (30.5 miles)
  • Paddling
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking

Amenities

  • Boat ramp
  • Boat rentals (seasonal)
  • Concession stand (seasonal)
  • Auditorium and classroom
  • Community building
  • Picnic shelters
  • Visitor center and exhibits
  • Beach access (lake)
  • Bathhouse

Plan Your Visit

Address

759 State Park Road, Troutman, NC 28166

GPS: 35.6725, -80.9325

 

Current Weather

28166 Troutman, NC

Park Hours

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Hours

January 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
February 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
March 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
April 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
May 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
June 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
July 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
August 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
September 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
October 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
November 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
December 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

24-hour access to the campground and boat launch is available through the entrance on St. Johns Road.

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The park is closed on Christmas Day.

The park is open during all other holidays.

24-hour access to the campground is available through the St. Johns Road entrance.

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.

Currently, the park is renting only pedal boat and canoes, 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.

Open daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Education

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Additional Links

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Scheduled Events at Lake Norman State Park

Park staff lead regularly scheduled interpretive programs that allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. Learning opportunities are available for all ages. Most events are free, though some may require pre-registration.
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News

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