Lake Norman Lakeshore Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Troutman, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Great easy trail
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."
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.
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.
it's actually 5.2 miles. Nice view
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.
Great Trail. Offers a 3 mile or so length shortcut. Enough lake viewing and hill climbing to keep the family entertained.