Alder Trail

EASY 12 reviews
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Alder Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Troutman, NC that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

0.9 miles 56 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

Easy woodland walk among alders and pines on the lakeshore. This is a good easy leg stretcher near the old swimming area and park lake. Start at the picnic area and follow the trail around the point between Norwood and Hicks Creeks. You can also walk out to the dam that controls the water level of the park lake. This isn't a real exciting and challenging hike, but a good one for young kids who need an easy introduction to hiking.

hiking
16 days ago

A short, easy and scenic trail that begins behind the very nice visitor center. There are great views of the water throughout the loop. Be sure to include the two short spurs for even more views. Unfortunately the water level is lower than normal right now due to the drought conditions. There are several longer and more challenging trails near the visitor center that you can combine with this one.

4 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

This is a great when you don't have time for one of the longer trails or don't want anything too difficult.

8 months ago

walking
8 months ago

Short easy and some nice views of Lake Norman. Has many other trails as well

1 year ago

Short, easy and educational. Lake Front. New Part that is wheelchair accessible is called the Dragonfly Trail. Next to the visitor center.

1 year ago

Crappy state park. Will not be back. Gate open, but all trails marked "closed". Nowhere on this site or even at the gate did it say everything within the confines were closed to foot & bike traffic (all trails). Drove over an hour to get here after visiting this website. Everything here looks like they give it about half-effort or less. There are some really nice parks out there & this isn't one. Po-dunky & haphazard. Go enjoy yourself at another park where you can enjoy a walk in 50 degree weather in January, and not a generic one that closes all of its trails.

hiking
2 years ago

Very Easy hike. Good view of the lake. Child friendly. A good short family hike.

hiking
3 years ago

Great short hike. Trail circles around the lake and offers some nice views. Ran into a snake or two the day we went. Dog friendly.

hiking
4 years ago

Nice easy trail. Great for beginners and families

hiking
4 years ago

Very nice little small trail very simple for begginerr hiker saw a lot of wildlife and a very nice place to sit and rest on the trail very small trail would be good to take kids great length to do so

hiking
5 years ago

This trail happens to be real close for me and one I did quit often this summer with my daughter. We would pack a healthy snack and some water and walk this loop 4-5 times to get a couple miles in early in the morning. Very peaceful and relaxing spot nest to the lake with a bench to sit and have breakfast picnic.this park has several other trails ranging in difficulty and length, for hikers and mountain bikers. If you have not checked it out you should.
take Perth off 150 just west of morresville.