FRIENDS OF LAKE NORMAN STATE PARK
Good news!!! Lake Norman State Park will be open in Phase 1 N.C. order (still on a limited basis) on Saturday! Trails, bathrooms, and boat ramps will be open.
However, the Visitors Center, swim beach, boat rentals, concessions, and camping facilities are still closed.
To maintain social distancing on trails, hikers should move aside for others to pass, state parks officials recommend. Those in a group should walk single file when passing someone.
Only gatherings of 10 or fewer people are allowed. Wearing a face covering is recommended anywhere 6 feet of distancing is unavailable, according to the Phase 1 order.
If we reach phase 2 on May 22, more park facilities will reopen. Specifics on those available facilities will be announced closer to that date.
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This association, created in April of 2018, is a nonprofit organization operating as a Chapter of the Friends of State Parks, Inc. incorporated under North Carolina state law with IRS 501(c)(3) status and tax ID 58-1634155.
The purpose of the association shall be to support Lake Norman State Park including park lands and trails; developing and promoting public awareness; providing support and resources for the maintenance of programs, facilities and recreation; advocating for ecological conservation and preservation; and addressing environmental issues. These purposes are exclusively nonprofit, charitable, and educational.
Membership is open to any individual, group, or corporation who supports the purposes of the association.
Lake Norman State Park is on the largest manmade lake in North Carolina.
A popular mountain biking network, offering 30.5 miles of single-track trail.
A 125-yard-long swim beach and bathhouse complex and boat ramp
Opportunities for fishing from spots along park trails.
Pedal boats, kayaks, paddle boards and canoes for rent for use on the Park Lake.
A family campground with 32-sites and a group campground are available during warm-weather months.
A community building with kitchen facilities, restrooms and fireplace that can be rented for family and group events year round.
Hiking trails, including a wheelchair accessible children's Dragonfly Trail, the .8 mile scenic Alder Trail, and 6.3 mile roundtrip Lake Shore Trail.
Three free picnicking areas are available. All have restrooms, tables and grills.
PICNIC SHELTERS (reservations suggested)
The Heron picnic shelter located behind the Visitor Center accommodates up to 96 people, and has a grill. Drinking water and restrooms are nearby. The shelter is handicap accessible. The shelter is available year-round.
The Wood Duck picnic shelter located behind and to the left of the Visitor Center accommodates up to 50 people, and has a grill. Drinking water and restrooms are nearby. The shelter is handicap accessible. The shelter is available year-round.
The Osprey and Kingfisher picnic shelters at the end of Shortleaf Lane near the swimming area each accommodate up to 96 people. Drinking water is nearby. The shelter is handicap accessible. The shelters are available year-round.
Join Friends of Lake Norman State Park (FLANO) to support the programs and amenities at this beautiful state treasure.
Volunteers can use their talents and abilities by assisting with hands-on projects within the park or by offering their expertise in other areas, such as fundraising, communication, education, marketing, or event planning.
Free interpretive programs are complemented by educational exhibits throughout the visitor center and along the child-friendly Dragonfly Trail.
Sample programs include nature hikes, canoe instruction, and plant and animal based sessions.
A special exploration of Lake Norman State Park can be arranged for your group or class by contacting the park office.
Educational materials about Lake Norman State Park for grades 4-6 (correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language art) introduces students to aquatic organisms, water quality, and resource management, demonstrating how watersheds should be managed to maintain healthy aquatic ecosystems and drinking water.
Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.