Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Lake Norman State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
2 days ago

tons of bees. i got stung about 5 times.

Excellent 5.6 mile hike over multiple terrains. Superb views of Lake Norman. High potential for ENO spots along the shoreline. Perhaps the most well-marked trail of all time.

My first choice for running in Lake Norman trails. Best one in the Lake Norman state park for runners / hikers. This trail is only for foot traffic and it's much more raw than the other trails in Lake Norman. Make sure that u r not there when it was raining, it can be too slippery in that case.

running
1 month ago

Good 6mile easy trail u don wanna miss!

Nice and easy trail completely between the woods. The trail is very good but you need to watch ur steps while running.

on Hawk Loop Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Well marked, more on the easy side of moderate, lots of shade. Very enjoyable. Can make it longer by taking one the side trails

Love this trail! Always a great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Miles are 9.75. All kinds of terrain. Nothing complicated but a great workout. Bikes are in opposite direction which was nice. Tons switch backs.

Wonderful trail! Would definitely recommend!

if you are looking for cardio, this is it. Great incline/decline! well worth the entire 5.3 miles.

Well maintained and well marked trail. Several great views of Lake Norman with a few places to stop for a break on the shoreline. My watch was going the whole time and gave the reading of 5.6 miles while the trail is marked as 5 miles. Not sure what’s going on with that as my watch hasn’t been that far off on other trails. I didn’t venture off trail far at all the whole hike. Great trail and will do again when in the area.

Beautiful hike along the lake. The perfect amount of hills. Only downfall it is heavily populated.

Bikers one direction, hikers the other - worked well and everyone was nice. Great amenities

hiking
2 months ago

Only walked 0.3 of the Alder Trail before setting up hammocks by the dam. Nice & wooded. Lots of fishermen.

hiking
2 months ago

As other reviewers noted, this is a very nice hike. Lots of shade, nice lake views, well kempt, and wide. Somehow, along the 4 mile mark, I was off the trail, I followed the markers, yet the distance back was going to closer to 7 miles. The trail is marked as 5. I used the GPS and walked the last mile on the road. I ended up doing 6 miles. Not sure what happened.

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail and loved that you can take dogs on it. The parts around the water were fantastic and many places to stop. Would definitely do it again.

Good quick hike

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was a lot of fun to hike. It is not difficult and can be made into a great cardio hike. The rolling hills make for some nice uphills and downhills. Make sure to stay on trail as wildlife is very present including many varieties of snakes. Remember to leave no trace. Happy Trails!

Trail is more difficult than rated. Many steep inclines. Great trail - well marked - friendly people.

hiking
3 months ago

This trails is Actually 9.75 miles. Just FYI

hiking
3 months ago

Good short trail with gradual hills.

Easy trail, but shaded. Good trail on a hot day. Not too busy for a Saturday.

A great five miler, with great views of the lake. Not a difficult hike. I’d recommend this hike for parents with kids, or dogs

hiking
3 months ago

A nice trail, that I mountain bike frequently. I’m preparing for a backpacking trip to Yosemite, so did this with a 40 lb vest. Made the hike fun!

This was a nice short cardio hike. There were some really cool “pocket” beaches along the trail that would be great for a picnic or swim to cool off when it’s hot outside. Remember to leave no trace. Happy Trails!

hiking
4 months ago

it was a nice trail. not really a hike though. only trail I've seen a snake on.

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