Lake Norman State Park, Troutman

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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  • September 18, 2017
    We have gone here multiple times to enjoy the many trails and cheap canoes and kayaks. We also have fun and it a dog friendly place. Always a good place to spend a Saturday or Sunday. This place is we...  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    This park has something for everyone. We personally like the lake shore trail which is either 3.1 miles or 6 miles with some ups and downs. Good vistas of the lake. Their are also done Mountain bike t...  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    The park is generally quiet and very peaceful. There are great walking trails that can take you alongside Lake Norman. Also a couple of nice swimming areas and a boat launch. The roadway is a little n...  more »
  • June 25, 2017
    The trails are great but the swimming area was very small and confined. The water was very muddy. Nice alternative to a pool once in a while. There's a concession stand to purchase snacks and drinks, and several restrooms to change in. There is a fee for swimming. Overall, not too bad.
  • May 15, 2017
    Overall a nice place and day trip for us. Ranger at the visitor center was cordial. Didn't camp, but walked through on hike and camp ground appears well kept. Facilities dated, but clean. Plenty of mountain bike trails. Look forward to coming back for an extended visit some time.
  • June 7, 2017
    Nice place with swimming beach in one area They charge for swimming when a life guard is on duty. They have nice hiking trails too. The campsites are good but they are down hill and a little bit of a hike from the car parking.
  • February 11, 2017
    We love this park. We visit at least 2 times a month. Great hiking, even for our dogs. There are so many trails from easy to difficult. Also from .8 miles to 6 miles. If you rent canoes or paddle boards and paddle boats, the prices are very reasonable. Camping was fun too, right next to the lake. Very easy to spend hours outdoors.
  • June 21, 2017
    Very nice park great tent camping area with showers really walking distance to lake with hiking trails but a little hot compared to the ones in the mountains

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