Hike the Lake Shore Trail at Lake Norman

North Carolina Lake Norman Lake Shore Trail

Added by

Hike alongside Hicks Creek and Lake Norman for a great escape from Charlotte.

From the Cove Picnic area in Lake Norman State Park, you immediately begin hiking along the lakeshore. If you don't want to take the full lake loop, use Short Turn Trail for a 2.5 mile hike.

This trail makes for a moderate hike or solid trail run route.

Photo Credit: Amy Meredith

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

75 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Forest
Lake

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

10 months ago

Nice Hiking

It's a nice hike along the lakeshore. Pretty busy on weekends and holidays. Could see this being a great spot for a quick hike midweek.

10 months ago

about 1 year ago

Good Relaxing Hike

I went and hiked this trail with my wife and the scenery is beautiful. If you're a nature lover, then you'll really enjoy this trail. No steep inclines or difficult terrain. Just a good trail to enjoy the outdoors.

about 1 year ago

Added by The Outbound Collective

Your Home For Adventure.

More Adventures Nearby

Hike the Trombatore Trail to Blue Ridge Pastures

North Carolina / Trombatore Trailhead

Park along the road at Bearwallow Gap - this is also the parking area for Bearwallow Mountain.

Kat Dellinger
13 Saves

Hike along Basin Creek in Doughton Park

North Carolina / Basin Creek Trailhead

A treasure in North Carolina that doesn't get as much attention as it should, Doughton Park has some of the best trails around.

Kat Dellinger
12 Saves

Hike the Elk Knob Summit Trail

North Carolina / Elk Knob State Park

There are no bathrooms at the trailhead, so if needed, drive a little past it to the park bathrooms on the left. Park at the summit trailhead and start your hike on the new gravel path.

Kat Dellinger
8 Saves