Explore the most popular lake trails near Troutman with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

nice loop, great views

This is my go-to trail due to its proximity to my home. My dog loves it. Trail follows the water almost entire loop. Little beaches along with way for the dog to splash and cool off.

This is what a good hike looks like - plenty of tree cover, views of the lake, hard-packed trail and episodes of elevation without exhaustion. Lots of hikers on a gorgeous spring day., but didn’t seem crowded. 4.5 miles of joy.

Not technical at all - and if you follow the rules, bikes are only coming at you head on...
The ground is "soft" and sandy in many places. Nothing was too hard packed (even for a bike trail!)
We hit it hard (for us) and managed to get in 11 miles for the entire afternoon.

I would say anyone over 10yrs old could handle this trail - it isn't boring, and the views help...
Just long enough to make it fun!

hiking
1 month ago

I found this to be a challenging and interesting hike. If you find this to be "boring" or "not real hiking" as a few others have said, hiking may not be your thing. Sure, there's no amazing overlook, mountain peak, or waterfall you're hiking towards, but the lake is beautiful and just being surrounded by nature is what it is about. The trail is clearly defined but is still very much a hiking trail, not paved or gravel. The trail has a well established trailhead and small parking area at the start/finish. The trail is very well marked and has mile markers and wooden benches for resting at every half mile. The trail seems to get progressively more difficult as you go along, with the first couple miles being relatively easy and directly on the lake shore, while the last few miles take on a more woodland feel (though still quite close to the lake) with increasing hills. I found the last mile to be quite challenging, as there is a prolonged uphill section starting at mile marker 4.0. There is an opportunity to cut the trail short or add a small side trail to increase its length, however I just did the standard loop. I'm not sure why the distance on AT lists this as 4.8, the trail markers clearly mark 5.0 miles and the end of the trail is another tenth or two further than that marker. I hiked during midday on a weekday during a school break, and only came across a few other hikers. It was quiet and peaceful.

Did it a few years ago. Loved it

hiking
2 months ago

Nice stroll through the woods with a view of the lake. Lots of roots and rocks and some low-incline hills.

5 months ago

Enjoyed this trail on Thanksgiving. Beautiful scenery on a beautiful day.

Part of the Itusi Trail, which is comprised of eight hiking/mountain biking loops ranging from 1.0 to 9.75 miles and totaling 30.5 miles. This loop combines the five trails most accessible from the visitor center (Monbo, Norwood Creek, Hawk, Hicks Creek and Laurel). I have hiked the four longest, with the short mile-long Hicks Creek Loop (connecting off of the Hawk Loop) being the exception. They were all on the easy to moderate side, with the Laurel Loop being the longest and having the most elevation change. It also has the most water views. The other three trails (Wildlife, Fallstown and Fox) connect to the southern end of Laurel Loop.

hiking
7 months ago

One of 8 loops that make up the 30.5 mile hiking/mountain biking Itusi Trail. Monbo is both easy and popular, with about 500 feet of elevation change in the 6.5 mile loop, including the short section from the visitor center parking area to the beginning of the trail. The only pretty views of the lake are to and from the trailhead, but it was an enjoyable walk in the woods.

Beautiful 5 mile hike, has the whole trail to myself (other than the few dozen squirrels). Rough terrain with lots of roots, a bit hilly, quiet, and peaceful!

Quiet and beautiful but you can still hear noises from homes across the lake or boats so not completely secluded. I only met a handful of people on the trail but it was mid-day on a Thursday, so that may have had something to do with it. Easy enough for a beginner, hard enough for experienced day-hikers to not feel bored. Appropriate for older children.

Fun trail, good distance, nice views, kid friendly

Good hike with some hills and pretty water views.

Nice we usually take the short turn trail shortening that walk to 2.7 miles. If you do the full trail the second half is fairly hilly. lots of nice lake views mostly on the first half.

As advertised, a nice little walk around the lake. The trail is not ideal for joggers, definitely an ankle twister with all the roots.

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We did the short trail. Plenty of ups and downs. Shaded all the way.

Love this trail! I take my dog and 3 year old daughter often. It's shady and along the lake most of the trail! So beautiful!

This trail loop has several different options, depending on which direction you go and if you choose to take the road that cuts through to the other side. We hiked south from the trailhead and it is roughly 3.2 miles of easy hiking near the edge of the lake. The trail offers plenty of spots to stop and enjoy views of the water.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Fun trail with good views. Trail has lots of ups and downs and watch out for all the roots! This trail is probably very slippery when wet. Enjoy.

Had a great day. Well kept and well marked trails for hiking. Can be a bit of a challenge. But very enjoyable.

walking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Great easy trail

trail running
Thursday, December 01, 2016

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
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

it's actually 5.2 miles. Nice view

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