Located under 20 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina lies the largest man-made lake in the Carolinas. The noteworthy adventure playground that is Lake Norman began in 1963 when Duke Energy dammed the Catawba River to create “Carolina’s Inland Sea” and since, the landscape has created the perfect recreational destination.
The quaint towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville, saturated with history and culture surround the banks of the lake. Local history is always appreciated, so let curiosity lead to the many local attractions and annual events. Historic Latta Plantation and Rural Hill sites date to the 1800’s and continue to be preserved and enjoyed by visitors today. Nearby, Carolina Raptor Center is a family favorite stop to trek through the raptor trail. A scenic bike ride through waterfront parks in Cornelius are popular, in addition to Ramsey Creek’s new public swimming beach.
Lake enthusiast’s options are plentiful with numerous boat/jet-ski rental options or rent the largest private yacht charter in the Charlotte region. My Aloha Paddle & Surf specializes in stand-up paddle boarding or take a ride on the new and unique Cycleboat! Afterwards, rehydrate at one of Lake Norman’s craft breweries and refuel at a waterfront restaurant.
Just a few minutes away, is the eye-catching town of Davidson, home to Davidson College. Main street Davidson, referred by many as “restaurant row”, is named for unique cuisine and boutique shopping. Enjoy more fresh air with a Pedi-cab ride to see the sites of a unique college town that offers everything from art shops and galleries to a booming local farmers market and events all year.
Whether you’re an outdoor fanatic or leisure visitor, Lake Norman will leave you wanting more. Start planning your trip today at www.visitlakenorman.org. See you on the lakeside of Charlotte!
Last modified: July 12, 2017