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Lake Norman State Park

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Address: /td> 159 Inland Sea Lane, Troutman, NC 28166
Phone Number: (704) 528-6350
Website: Lake Norman State Park
Latitude   35.66789    
Longitude   -80.92635    
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Site Quantity: 33 Pad Type: Gravel
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Electric 50 Amp Water Sewer
Big Rig Access Tents Allowed Pull-thrus Group Area
Handicap Access Waterfront Access Telephone Cable TV
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Store Laundry Pool Hot Tub
Pet Friendly 55+ Park Game Room Playground
Cabins Dump Station LP Gas Wi-Fi
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Lake Norman State Park Details

At Lake Norman State Park offers plenty for everyone to enjoy.

  • It has the largest man made 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.
  • The park boasts its own 33-acre lake where fishing and boating are enjoyed.
  • Hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, interpretive programs and campgrounds
  • There's more to Lake Norman State Park than merely water.
  • Reservations are strongly advised. Any unreserved sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • 33 Drive-to family campsites (non-electric). A tent pad, picnic table and grill are available at each site.


Recreation near Lake Norman State Park

Boating: Pedal boats and canoes are available for rent. They are available daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer, subject to staff availability. Privately owned boats and watercraft may access Lake Norman from the boat launch area located at the south end of the park. Use of the area is free, but cars must leave the parking area by the park's closing time.

Fishing: Popular game fish in Lake Norman include crappie, bluegill and yellow perch, as well as striped, largemouth and white bass. The smaller park lake also has some choice fishing spots. Regulations of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission apply for both lakes.


Alder Trail: Begin this easy 0.8 mile loop at the Park Lake parking lot, which is the first area that you'll come to after entering the main entrance. The trail crosses the picnic area, circles the peninsula between Norwood and Hicks creeks, and then skirts the edge of the lake. Take a short side path to the dam and view the spillway and gates that control the lake's water level before returning to the trailhead.

  • Lake Shore Trail: The trailhead for this moderate but lengthy 5.0 mile trail is at a parking lot near the Cove Picnic Area located off of Shortleaf Lane, which is close to the swimming area. The trail passes the boat launch and family campground as it winds along the lake shore. Take the Short Turn trail to cut your hiking distance roughly in half. Do an 'out and back' on the group camp spur to add another mile and a half.
  • Itusi Trail: Hiking is also allowed on the Itusi Trail, although hikers must yield to mountain bikers using this trail. The Itusi Trail is not just a mountain bike trail - it is designed for hikers as well.


Itusi Trail: Designed, built and maintained by volunteers, this 13-mile mountain bicycle and hiking trail winds through mature hardwood forests and offers a unique experience. Novices as well as accomplished riders will enjoy the gentle but lengthy climbs of this single track trail. To protect the Itusi Trail from damage, the trail will be closed whenever conditions are too wet to allow riders. Accordingly, riders should contact the park prior to arrival to confirm that the trail is open.

Hiking is also allowed on the Itusi Trail, although hikers must yield to mountain bikers using this trail.

Picnicking: There are three picnic areas at Lake Norman. One is located near the swimming area and accessible fishing pier, one is near the entrance and another is on a ridge across the cove from the swimming area. All have restrooms, tables and grills.

Swimming: A swim area is located in the south area of the park at the end of Lake Norman State Park Road near an accessible fishing pier and the pier picnic area. The complex includes a 125-yard-long sand beach, parking area and bathhouse with concession stand, restrooms, changing stalls, warm showers and lockers. The swim complex is open daily April 1 through Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The concession stand is only open from noon until 5:45 p.m. on Spring and Fall weekends. The park charges a fee to swim only when lifeguards are present. The fee is $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 - 12.


Directions to Lake Norman State Park

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 Lake Norman State Park.

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