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5 Lake Norman Hiking Trails that are Perfect for Exploring

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We are just a few weeks away from fall here in Davidson, NC. With the cooler temperatures and the changing fall foliage, there’s no better time to hit the trails for a hike or a ride. Lake Norman hiking trails are perfect for exploring this time of year because they are easy enough for all ages making it a great family outing. Grab the whole crew and explore Lake Norman hiking trails this season.

To find out more about what you can expect on your visit to Davidson, be sure to download our Davidson, NC Vacation Guide. This guide is not only free but is a great tool in finding out all our area has to offer!

Here’s Our List of 5 Lake Norman Hiking Trails Perfect for Exploring!

Alder Trail

Lake Norman State Park offers over 30 miles of single-track trails. One trail you should definitely check out is the Alder Trail. This is one of the park’s oldest trails and is only 0.8 miles round trip. The natural surface trail, which is open year round, follows the lake offering beautiful Lake Norman views. The walk is rated easy so any skill level will be able to hike the trail. Dogs are welcome on the trail too.

Lake Shore Trail

Also found in Lake Norman State Park is the Lake Shore Trail. No need to watch out for bikers on this trail as it is for hikers only. The natural surface of the trail is easy and runs 6.2 miles round trip. You will love the amazing views of the lake along this trail and the many opportunities for bird watching.

Latta Plantation

Huntersville, NC is home to historic Latta Plantation which offers over 16 miles of trails. Just 3 miles of those trails are dedicated to hikers only. The Beechwood Trail at Latta Plantation is a moderate 1-mile loop. Hikers will see a variety of trees and pass by the largest American Beech trees in the preserve. Dogs are welcome to join their owners on the trails but must be kept on a leash at all times.

Jetton Park

Jetton Park is a park in Cornelius, NC that sits right on Lake Norman. In addition to a playground, tennis courts and small beach area, Jetton Park is home to 1.5 miles of walking trails. All skill levels will enjoy the trails because they are shaded and paved. The trails can be accessed year-round and dogs are welcome on a leash.

Lake Norman Greenway

Whether you like to walk, bike, or run, the Lake Norman area has a series of greenways ideal for an afternoon adventure. Davidson has been named a bike-friendly community and there’s no better place for a ride than the Kincaid Trail. This trail, which runs for 3 miles, starts at the end of South Street and is great for walking or biking. The greenways are free to use and open from sun up to sundown.

After your day spent outdoors, come and unwind at Davidson Village Inn!

Davidson Village Inn is home to 18 guest rooms with 5 different types. We are located within walking distance of all the wonderful local dining and shopping downtown Davidson has to offer. While booking your reservation, don’t forget to ask us about our current specials. After a day spent outdoors, you will definitely want to take advantage of our Craft Beer Special for Two. In addition to a stay in our Queen Room, you will also receive a $15.00 gift card to use at Davidson Beverage Company. To top it all off, we will even provide a gourmet breakfast the next morning.

Finally, come and relax this fall with us here in Davidson, NC. We hope to host you and your family soon!