Hike the Lake Shore Trail at Lake Norman

North Carolina Lake Norman Lake Shore Trail

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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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  • Hiking boots
  • Water
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Activities:

Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

75 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Forest
Lake

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8 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.

8 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

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