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#15 of 42 state parks in North Carolina

Best trails in Lake Norman State Park

944 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Lake Norman State Park, North Carolina? AllTrails has 9 great mountain biking trails, hiking trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Lake Norman State Park ranging from 3.1 to 19.5 miles and from 800 to 885 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Lake Norman State Park
Park information
Acreage:
32,510 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Contact
(704) 528-6350
Helpful links
Top trails (9)
#1 - Lake Norman Lakeshore Trail
Lake Norman State Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
The trail is very well marked with white blazes for the longer loop. The shorter trail some people mention in their reviews is blazed in red. Markers with distance placed every half mile to help track time and distance. The trail offers great views of the lake with several stops along the water for the dogs to drink.Show more
#2 - Alder Trail
Lake Norman State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 24 m
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.Show more
#3 - Laurel Loop Trail
Lake Norman State Park
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 3 h 22 m
Every year Lake Normal State Park reverses direction of its trail loops for mountain bikers. Check for signageShow more
#4 - Hawk Loop Trail
Lake Norman State Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
NOTE: Every year Lake Normal State Park reverses direction of its trail loops for mountain bikers. Check for signageShow more
#5 - Norwood Loop Trail
Lake Norman State Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
NOTE: Every year Lake Normal State Park reverses direction of its trail loops for mountain bikers. Check for signageShow more
#6 - Monbo Loop
Lake Norman State Park
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
Every year Lake Normal State Park reverses direction of its trail loops for mountain bikers. Check for signageShow more
#7 - Hawk Loop and Hicks Creek Loop
Lake Norman State Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
#8 - Lake Norman Mountain Bike Loop
Lake Norman State Park
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Length: 19.5 mi
NOTE: Every year Lake Normal State Park reverses direction of its trail loops for mountain bikers. Check for signageShow more
#9 - Laurel, Wildlife, and Fox Loop
Lake Norman State Park
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Length: 15.4 mi • Est. 6 h 58 m
Singletrack mountain biking trail NOTE: Every year Lake Normal State Park reverses direction of its trail loops. Check for signageShow more