Lake Norman Magazine

Get Outside!

“Charlotte is a big city with a small-town charm. We find that jobs are attracting people here, but it’s the good weather and warm friendly people that are making them stay,” says Harry Hoover in a recent interview with The Charlotte Observer. The Huntersville-based writer’s new book, Moving to Charlotte: The Un-Tourist Guide, features helpful tips for living in the area. You can find it at Madalyn’s Coffee & Tea, 17111 Kenton Dr., Cornelius.

Get MuddyThink you’ve got what it takes to run three miles while overcoming twelve obstacles including mud trenches, barbed wire and fire pits? If so, the Warrior Dash—the world’s largest obstacle race series—will be in Rural Hill on Saturday, May 17th. For more information and to sign up, visit

Top Five Trails

Now that the weather is warming up, there’s no excuse not to get outside—we tracked down five of the most popular walking trails in the Lake Norman area for you to explore this summer.

Greenway Trail in Davidson: Beginning at the end of South Street near Davidson Elementary School, this meandering three mile path is lined with sweetgum, tulip poplar and eastern red cedar trees.

Jetton Park in Cornelius: Located inside a 105-acre lakefront park, this two mile paved trail is perfect for walking or biking.

Lake Norman State Park in Troutman: Enjoy a longer, five-mile stroll along water on the aptly named Lakeshore Trail before cooling off with a swim.

Latta Plantation Nature Preserve in Huntersville: Offering more than 16 miles of scenic views of the lake, forests and streams, there is a trail for every skill level. Favorites include Laura’s Trail, Piedmont Prairie Trail and Split Rock Trail.

North Mecklenburg Park in Huntersville: This 3.5-mile loop is situated beside various sports fields, picnic areas with grills and playground equipment that will keep the entire family entertained.