At Lake Norman State Park, fun is just a matter of scale. On one hand, there's the largest manmade lake in the state, Lake Norman. When filled to capacity, its surface area is 32,510 acres with a shoreline of 520 miles and a main channel 34 miles in length thus its nickname, the "Inland Sea." Thirteen miles of the shoreline are in the state park, which provides boating access. On another hand, the park boasts its own 33-acre lake where fishing and boating are enjoyed. And with hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, interpretive programs and campgrounds, there's more to Lake Norman State Park than merely water.
So close to Charlotte, and what a great escape!
We took a mid-day hike, and the weather was outstanding.
Alltrails has this as a 3.5, but it is really 6.2 if you include the campground extension.
Really was a great hike, and aside from the length, it would be awesome for kids too.
There is a short cut, and that might be where the 3.5miles comes in.
We started out backwards - everyone in the lot when we started was dropping in at the map/sign, we cut across the street, and took it in a clockwise direction.
Jonathan T. on Lake Shore Trail
This is a good trail to hike with your dogs. It is fairly well used.
Brian & Michelle O. on Lake Shore Trail
Great trail, well marked, beautiful views and nice climbs. Really enjoyed how the terrain, vegetation and sounds varied on this loop during Spring.