Hike the Lake Shore Trail at Lake Norman



5 miles

Elevation Gain

75 ft

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Added by The Outbound Collective

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.

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Dawn G.

Beautiful hike, beautiful lake! The directions given are spot on! Quiet and peaceful midweek adventure!

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.

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.

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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