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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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  • We did the north section of the Lake shore trail (about 3 miles, loop). The trail is beautiful and well kept. Most of it is in the shade so this is a great trail for hot days. The trail is mostly wide...  more »
  • The Itusi trail system is quickly becoming a weekend mecca for local mountain bikers of all skill levels. The clean facilities along with the great trail system make for a very comfortable location to...  more »
  • Went to the park to take advantage of canoe and kayak rentals. Small section of water separated from larger lake for these rentals. Fun activity. Park offers camping, swimming area, fishing piers, and...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Lake Norman State Park ( was The Duke Power State Park ) is a great park for hiking, swimming, trail biking, picnicking, bird watching and numerous other activities. They also have a community building that is a great place for events.
  • Loved my 6 mile hike with my German Shepard Rottweiler mix. This was just one of the many available trails!