Lake Norman, North Carolina, USA

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Lake Norman, North Carolina, USA

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Four seasons of fun down at Lake Norman

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 water sports 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.

No shortage of activities that will float your boat

If water sports are your thing then you’ll be spoilt for choice at Lake Norman. The best way to see this vast lake is by boat, and you’ll find several marinas along the shores, offering boat rentals, launches, repairs, and gas stops. There’s no speed limit here, so powerboats and sail boats share the water with kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats. Wakeboarding and SUP are also popular. Back on dry land, there are fishing spots around the lake and trails galore in the Lake Norman State Park. Choose whether to walk, run, bike, or hike, and get exploring!

Boutiques, battles and beers at Lake Norman

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.

It’s always showtime at Lake Norman

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.

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.