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Lake Norman State Park Troutman

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Lake Norman State Park
159 Inland Sea Lane
Troutman
NC
28166
Tel: (704) 528-6350

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At Lake Norman State Park, fun is just a matter of scale. On one hand, there's the largest manmade lake in the state, Lake Norman. When filled to capacity, its surface area is 32,510 acres with a shoreline of 520 miles and a main channel 34 miles in length - thus its nickname, the 'Inland Sea'. Thirteen miles of the shoreline are in the state park, which provides boating access. On another hand, the park boasts its own 33-acre lake where fishing and boating are enjoyed. And with hiking trails, picnic areas, interpretive programs and campgrounds, there's more to Lake Norman State Park than merely water.
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    They lock you in the park from 8:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. .. literally ... the gates are locked! How unsafe ... they are going to get sued when someone has a life threatening issue.

    Ranger Mike Walker is a jackass! Picnic area was filthy. Girlfriend and I spent 25 minutes picking up 2 garbage bags full of trash (used our own garbage bags). When we parked in front of the dumpster Ranger Mike Walker came and harassed us even after we told him we just got done cleaning up the picnic area. Called us "hostile" and told us never to park in front...Read More

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    We went to the overcrowded muddy beach and the lifeguards are all on powertrips, the rangers are rude, stay away!

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    nice place to go camping without having to drive too far away. hot showers

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    Enjoyed the hiking trails with our dogs. Will come back again and would like to try the mountain bike trails as well.

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    We drove about 45 minutes to get here only to discover that the beach is very tiny. On top of that the price to get in was ridiculous. Its so sad that Theres a huge lake and only this one place for public access.

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by John Thomas

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They lock you in the park from 8:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. .. literally ... the gates are locked! How unsafe ... they are going to get sued when someone has a life threatening issue.

Ranger Mike Walker is a jackass! Picnic area was filthy. Girlfriend and I spent 25 minutes picking up 2 garbage bags full of trash (used our own garbage bags). When we parked in front of the dumpster Ranger Mike Walker came and harassed us even after we told him we just got done cleaning up the picnic area. Called us "hostile" and told us never to park in front of a dumpster again.

Our advice ... avoid this park and other NC parks since you get locked in the park. NC residents ... this policy is gonna cost you a lawsuit. We have camped in over 40 different states and never been locked in a park before.

The Weather

Sunday

Conditions: Thunderstorm
Temp: 60° F / 16° C
Humidity: 90 %
Wind: NE - 7 MPH

Monday

Conditions: Chance of Rain
Temp: 58° F / 14° C
Humidity: 76 %
Wind: WSW - 12 MPH

Tuesday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 61° F / 16° C
Humidity: 59 %
Wind: WNW - 8 MPH

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