Sherrills Ford and Terrell are Lake Norman’s quietest communities. Located along N.C. 150 between Mooresville and Lincolnton, the area boasts one library, one elementary school, one high school and a mere handful of traffic lights.
Lake Norman’s growth is reaching the northwest shore, though. A development project that’s been in the rumor mill for a decade is now underway. In the fall, crews began clearing a 200-acre area straddling N.C. 150 and Slanting Bridge Road. Upon completion, The Village at Sherrills Ford (www.thevillageatsherrillsford.com) will have 775 residential units, 23 acres of commercial space dubbed “Terrell Commons,” 49 acres of mixed-use community retail, a lakefront park, a three-acre medical campus and space for a YMCA.
Sherrills Ford’s history precedes the creation of Lake Norman by 200 years. The town is named for Adam Sherrill, who crossed the Catawba River in 1747 and built a homestead here. The Sherrill homestead became part of the lake when the Catawba River was dammed. You will find many roads and facilities named for Sherrill and another early settler, John Beatty.
Like its neighbor Denver, Sherrills Ford carries on the Methodist camp meeting tradition. Balls Creek Camp Ground near Bandys High School and Mott’s Grove Camp Ground, the oldest African-American camp meeting in Catawba County, are home to the late-summer gatherings.
Other landmarks include Duke Energy’s huge Marshall Steam Station in Terrell, the Connor home at the corner of N.C. 150 and Sherrills Ford Road, and the old country store on the opposite corner, which has housed everything from an ice-cream store to a hair salon and a realty office. The proposed widening of N.C. 150 will include bypasses around the Terrell Historic District.
There are several campgrounds and other lakeside attractions here. Wildlife Woods (4582 Beaver Blvd., Sherrills Ford; 704-483-5611) and Cross Country Campground (6254 N.C. 150 E., Denver; www.crosscountrycampground.com) are popular RV destinations. Lion’s Club International’s Camp Dogwood (7062 Camp Dogwood Drive, Sherrills Ford; www.nclionscampdogwood.org), which hosts summer camps for vision-impaired persons, is located in a beautiful, secluded lakeside spot.
Horsefeathers Roadhouse (3746 Mount Pleasant Road, Sherrills Ford; www.horsefeathersbbq.com) also overlooks the lake, offering a fun watering hole for bikers touring Sherrills Ford’s curving country roads. The Lake Norman Motel (4491 Slanting Bridge Road, Sherrills Ford; www.landingatthelake.com) has a boat ramp, lakeside tiki bar and sand play area, and casual dining at The Landing Restaurant.
Located at the Midway Marina, Midway Boathouse Grill (8693 N.C. 150, Terrell; www.lknmidwayboathousegrill.com) offers accessible boats slips to customers. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with daily specials.
You’ll likely meet neighbors at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library (9154 Sherrills Ford Road; www.catawbacountync.gov/library). Part of the Catawba County Library system, it moved to a new, 10,000-square-foot home in 2014.
Nature lovers will want to check out the Lake Norman Garden Club, which maintains Uncle Billy’s Garden at the old library and hosts an annual plant sale at Rehobeth United Methodist Church in Terrell.
Home to several important regional attractions and a relaxed atmosphere that sets it apart from other bustling lake communities, Sherrills Ford and Terrell offer a pleasant mix of nature and culture that represent lake living at its best.
Erica Batten is a freelance writer.