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Lake Norman State Park, Troutman

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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3.8/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
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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  • Nice beach and parking was more than ample. Come on a nice day and have a great day on the lake. Go swimming and boat the day away. 
  • The kids had fun. I cooked our food while they walked and viewed the park. The only reason why I can't give a 5 is because the outside showers where people are supposed to rinse off didn't work. In co...  read more »
  • Staying at a friend's house in Lake Norman but wanted to Kayak calmer waters. Found that at the State park by the Visitors Center, Park Lake. You can rent kayaks and pedal boats and canoes. Husband tr...  read more »
  • 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.
  • The park used to be a place that after you paid all of your taxes you could go and have some no out of pocket expense fun knowing that your tax dollars played a part in the upkeep of the park. Now the park has decided to start charging for swimming at the swimming hole. To charge the citizens to swim when the park has the money to build an over the top guest center is ridiculous. I understand they are trying to make the place look nice but they took away the only free place left to swim in the summer. This only goes to show how the lower and middle class are being squashed in america and losing out more and more on being able enjoy even the simplest things in life.
  • I love this park. It offers great trails and picnic areas. The visitors center is new and quite nice. Great clean park to visit for a bike ride, hike, or picnic.
  • Land and Water Activities. Boat Launch, Rental of Canoes and Paddle Boats, Hiking and Mountain Biking trails. Visitor Center Offers: Free Maps Restrooms Historical Information Rental of Canoes or Paddle Boat for $5 Snacks and Drinks for sale Biking Trails extend for over 30 Miles - Beginners can Start on the Hawks Trail which has 3 larger inclines but the path is relatively flat.
  • Born in 75 I remember coming here in the 80s. I still cherish this place. I bring my kids and they love it. Escape the heat and humidity and check it out! Bring a sun umbrella!!!!
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