• Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    75 Feet

Forest
Lake

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

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  • Water
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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.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

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.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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