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Lake Norman State Park, Troutman

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Lake Norman State Park, formerly Duke Power State Park, is a 1934acre North Carolina state park near Troutman, Iredell County, North Carolina in the United States. The park is on the northern shore of Lake Norman at the mouth of Hicks Creek. The park is open for year-round recreation including, boating, fishing, water skiing, swimming and camping. Lake Norman State Park is on Inland Sea Road in Troutman just off U.S. Route 70 between Interstates 40 and 77.Lake NormanLake Norman, created between 1959 and 1964 as part of the construction of the Cowans Ford Dam by Duke Power, is the largest manmade body of fresh water in North Carolina. It is fed by the Catawba River. It was named after former Duke Power president Norman Cocke. Lake Norman is sometimes referred to as the "inland sea"; it offers 520mi of shoreline and a surface area of more than 50sqmi.
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  • Loved the hiking trails -which were easy level. some go to the lake itself, so if you pack swim gear, feel free to jump right in! nice nature venue close to Charlotte. 
  • beautiful state park. Rangers were very helpful in pointing out which trails were easy or hard and very knowledge able of the area. trails are very well marked 
  • About an hour and fifteen minute drive from Weddington, NC. Nice and clean park. Camping, walking trails, and biking trails. Visitor Center displayed well. Bathrooms at visitor center very orderly. De...  more »
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  • Love all the NC state parks. Nice trails, visitor center, friendly staff, clean rest rooms. Beautiful place for a day hike., Or picnic.
  • Quiet hours not enforced!! We set up our tent at the campground after hiking the Lake Shore Trail (awesome trail, btw) hoping to get some shut eye. There was a group of young teenage girls (chaperoned by 2 adults) that would not be quiet. They stayed up yelling and playing games until well after midnight and got up around 6:30 am to simply be noisy again. We tried finding the number to call the campground host to let them know of the situation, to no avail. The number was not on our reservation confirmation nor was it on the website. My husband and another gentleman went up to the girls to ask them to keep it down but of course, that did not serve its purpose. Very disappointed by the lack of management and responsibility in such a beautiful park.
  • I enjoyed hiking, and was hoping to go swimming after. We didn't know that you have to pay to swim until we got there. We had no cash, and it seemed like too much of a hastle. And it didn't make sense why you would have to pay so much to swim in a lake.
  • Had a work event here and enjoyed the time in three park. The facilities were clean and well maintained.
  • Good mtn bike trails, decent hiking but nothing spectular.