Lake Norman Lakeshore Trail

MODERATE 44 reviews
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Lake Norman Lakeshore Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Troutman, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles 412 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

trail running
1 day ago

Expected more from a state park, it's extremely boring and long. Walking in the woods is NOT hiking. I started running half way to get it over with....Bikers are everywhere and are inconsiderate on the trails. A park to fool people from the queen city that think they are "adventurist."

hiking
10 days ago

The full loop is 5.0 miles from the trailhead and 6.3 miles when adding the out and back Group Camp Spur. When using the Short Turn Trail on the regular route, the northern loop is 2.6 miles and the southern loop is 3.2 miles (according to the Lake Norman State Park website). I had an enjoyable time following the southern section along the shoreline back in late January. There actually was a little snow remaining in a few shady places along the trail.

hiking
16 days ago

This is an excellent trail for getting outside on days when mountains are not an option. Simple, well marked trail. Not hard at all. Full loop is almost exactly 5 miles. The Short Turn Trail offers a 2.6 mile option.

19 days ago

it's actually 5.2 miles. Nice view

19 days ago

Beautiful!

hiking
27 days ago

Awesome trail!!!

hiking
1 month ago

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.

LOVED IT

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great Trail. Offers a 3 mile or so length shortcut. Enough lake viewing and hill climbing to keep the family entertained.

1 month ago

2 months ago

This trail was good. The Lkn state park is always nice. I was glad I was able to bring my dog also. It was very quiet even with the hikers and campers. Great view of the lake and different ways to go around the trail.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Fun, nice views. Quiet!

3 months ago

Great trail & well marked !!

hiking
4 months ago

Loved it

4 months ago

Simple n well marked.. Love it

hiking
4 months ago

Great

hiking
5 months ago

This is a good trail to hike with your dogs. It is fairly well used.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail, well marked, beautiful views and nice climbs. Really enjoyed how the terrain, vegetation and sounds varied on this loop during Spring.

hiking
7 months ago

We just started hiking this past summer. This is one of our favorites so far.