Alder Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Troutman, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 0.9 miles Elevation Gain: 49 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

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hiking

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forest

lake

river

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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.

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2 months ago

Wandered around finding native plants.

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2 months ago

Wonderful scenic hike very short but can really stretch it out if you stop to sit and look around

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8 months ago

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

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11 months ago

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

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Mon May 20 2019

First snake sighting of the year, coiled on the back half of the trail.

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Sun Feb 03 2019

beautiful, short trail around the lake.

Mon Nov 05 2018

Great for kids. Beautiful views of the lake.

Wed Apr 25 2018

For what this trail is (easily accessible, family focused, educational, etc) it is great. Definitely not a "hike", or a challenge but for a short jaunt it packs in some interesting views.

Sat Aug 26 2017

Great for families!

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Sat Aug 26 2017

This is a nice, easy, and relaxing trail. So many fun stops to skip rocks and enjoy nature.

Tue Mar 28 2017

easy trail. dog friendly. they can even take a swim here , trail loops around, hugging the the lakeshore. close to facilities. a nice leg stretcher park has lots of mountain bike traffic but trails are clearly marked for safety. one of my favorites and close by.

Sun Jan 29 2017

Beautiful

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Tue Nov 22 2016

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.

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Thu Apr 21 2016

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

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Fri Mar 25 2016

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

Sun Jul 19 2015

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

Sun Jan 25 2015

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.

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Mon Jun 23 2014

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

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Sun Dec 30 2012

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.

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Mon Sep 24 2012

Nice easy trail. Great for beginners and families

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Sun Aug 12 2012

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

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Thu Sep 22 2011

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.

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