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Lake Norman State Park

The dog-friendly Lake Norman State Park is a great place to hike and explore with Fido in Troutman, NC. There are several trails to hike on with your furry friend ranging from easy to moderate in difficulty. Parkgoers can also enjoy a picnic, boating, swimming, and fishing, among other activities. Dogs are not allowed in swimming areas but are permitted everywhere else as long as they remain leashed. Visit Website

Or call (704) 528-6350 or email lake.norman@ncparks.gov for more information.


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Lake Norman State Park has received a rating of 5.0 out of 5 bones by 2 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 102 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Elisabeth
    May 3, 2022
    Great for keeping dogs cool in the heat

    We did the Lakeshore Trail and it was great. It was well-marked, shady and had benches for resting, so even our Newf mix was fine in 80 degree temps. Be sure to bring water and a bowl because it is a long trail (5+ miles), though there is a shortcut during the hike that makes it more like 3 miles. Also, be prepared for quite a bit of hills. We had a great time!

  • Craig
    Sep 9, 2019
    Great Hiking With The Dogs

    Well shaded trails with near constant views of the lake. Our dogs love it!

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