Lake Norman State Park

Map of TRACK Trail at Lake Norman State Park

The Lake Norman State Park TRACK Trail adventures were designed for use on the Lakeshore Trail (white blazes) and the Short Turn Trail (red blazes). These two trails combined make a 2.5 mile loop with many scenic views of the lake. The trail has some minor hills and a road crossing. Keep your eyes open and have fun!

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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Collectible Sticker for Lake Norman State Park

Location Details

Recreational Features: Mountain Bike Trails, Canoe / Kayak, Camping, Picnic Tables, Fishing, Interpretive Programs, Birding
Amenities: Restrooms, Visitor Center
ADA Compliant:
Seasonality:
Island in the misty lake
Fall leaves on a wooden bridge
View of lake through trees
Turkey Tail fungus growing on a snag
Fallen trees on the banks of the lake
Flowers and trees reflecting in the lake
Kids in Parks trailhead sign
Red leaves in fall

Adventures for Lake Norman State Park

Animal Athletes brochure
Hiking

Lake Norman: Animal Athletes

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
2.50
The Animal Athletes adventure challenges kids to exercise with the animals. This brochure gives kids eight different animal exercises they can do along the trail. From hummingbird hand-swings to lizard pushups, kids are sure to have fun getting in shape with the animals during their outdoor adventures.
Birds of the Piedmont brochure
Hiking

Lake Norman: Birds of the Piedmont

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
2.50
The Birds of the Piedmont brochure shows kids where to look for different birds along the trail. The brochure contains illustrations of some of the more common woodland birds and information on how to identify them through various clues.
Nature's Hide and Seek brochure
Hiking

Lake Norman: Hide n' Seek

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
2.50
The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.
The Need for Trees brochure
Hiking

Lake Norman: Need for Trees

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
2.50
By following the picture and textual clues found in "The Need for Trees" brochure, kids will discover six of the more common trees found along the trail. During their adventure, kids will learn about the need that people and other animals have for trees and about the roles trees play in the forest.

Directions

193 Shortleaf Drive
Statesville, NC 28677
Latitude: 35.673788000000
Longitude: -80.931902000000

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Lake Norman State Park is located in Iredell County, 10 miles south of Statesville and 32 miles north of Charlotte. Reach the park from I-77 by taking exit 42 onto US 21 north. Travel north on US 21 to Troutman, then turn left on to Wagner Street. Turn right on State Park Road, which ends in the state park.

Partners

 

The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

This Lake Norman TRACK Trail was made possible through a partnership formed with North Carolina State Parks