Destination guide

Experience Lake Norman from vacation home rentals

There’s no such thing as a quiet spell at Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in North Carolina. Spread across 520 miles of shoreline, there’s so much to do at this family-friendly resort, from watersports and hiking, to exploring museums and galleries, not to mention shopping. It also has an extensive program of annual events to keep visitors young and old entertained – so check out the calendar and find one to suit you when you book your Lake Norman vacation rental.

Things to do

Sightseeing near Lake Norman vacation rentals

The lively towns of Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville are home to several family-friendly attractions, including open-air shopping-and-dining spot Birkdale Village, and several art galleries and public art displays. NASCAR racing fans can visit the Joe Gibbs Racing shop, while history buffs should head for Rural Hill, home to an 18th-century cotton plantation, and one of several locations in the area that holds historical battle re-enactments throughout the year. Lake Norman also has a booming craft beer scene – pick up a beer and wine trail map to discover the area’s wineries and breweries.


Activities near getaway cabins in Lake Norman

Ellijay is home to the state’s largest rescue, rehab, and release facility, the Wildlife Sanctuary. Treat your little ones to a guided tour, which can be booked in advance on the sanctuary’s website, and you'll spend hours marveling at everything from panthers, cougars, and black bears to squirrels, reptiles, and birds of prey. The center also operates educational programs for all ages on indigenous wildlife and their importance to the Georgia ecosystem. A full schedule of special events can be found online and is well worth checking out before you visit.


Local weather for your stay in Lake Norman cottage rentals

Lake Norman has four distinct seasons, and there’s always something to do, whatever time of year you book a Lake Norman vacation rental. Summers are hot (high 80s) but can also be wet and thundery. Fall is the driest season, with warm temperatures and comfortable humidity – it’s also when the trees are at their most colorful, making it a popular time to visit. Annual events include the Scottish festival and Highland games in April, the Amazing Maize Maze in fall, and the Carolina Renaissance Festival in October/November, as well as an action-packed Christmas program.

Natural features

Plenty of fish in the lake

Sometimes referred to as the ‘inland sea’ of North Carolina, Lake Norman has a surface area of more than 50 square miles. Anglers flock here to try their hand at catching bluegill, catfish, largemouth bass, or yellow perch. The fish will bite all year round, and they share the lake with other wildlife including eastern-box and soft-shell turtles, and black rat snakes. Take a trip from your Lake Norman vacation rental to Lake Norman State Park in the north, and you might see white-tailed deer, red and gray foxes, and opossums.

Family friendly

Family fun near Lake Norman vacation homes

Lake Norman is an ideal destination for a family trip. Vacation homes are close to many kid-friendly attractions, such as Jetton Park, a tree-covered parkland with a small beach, tennis courts, and trails, and Zootastic Park, a family-owned zoo with a range of exotic animals and wildlife tours. Kids will also like Ramsey Creek Park, a lakefront park for boating, fishing, picnicking, sand volleyball, and horseshoes.

Good for couples

Romantic retreat near Lake Norman vacation rentals

Couples can enjoy a range of exciting attractions in Lake Norman. Vacation rentals are available near places like Latta Nature Center, a preserve with an interpretive center, native animals, and a habitat garden, and Roosevelt Wilson Park, a waterfront park with paved walking paths, picnic areas, and a memorial tree garden. You'll also like Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, a historic, picturesque bridge with scenic surrounds.

Where to stay around Lake Norman?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 398 vacation rentals near Lake Norman. From 301 Houses to 31 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Norman for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Norman?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Norman. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • South Carolina: 25,197 vacation rentals
  • Charlotte: 677 vacation rentals
  • Blue Ridge Mountains: 13,789 vacation rentals
  • North Carolina Mountains: 20,324 vacation rentals
  • Mooresville: 374 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Norman! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Norman?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Norman:

  • Charlotte: 677 rentals
  • Mooresville: 374 rentals
  • Hickory: 45 rentals
  • Concord: 621 rentals
  • Lake Norman of Catawba: 357 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Lake Norman?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Lake Norman are:

  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT): 644 vacation rentals
  • Concord, NC (USA-Concord Regional): 723 vacation rentals
  • Charlotte, NC (QWG-Wilgrove Air Park): 529 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake Norman?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Lake Norman. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Rankin Lake Park: 143 rentals
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway: 639 rentals
  • Mint Museum Uptown: 660 rentals
  • Hiddenite Gems Emerald Hollow Mine: 62 rentals
  • Birkdale Village: 796 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Norman listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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