by Crystal Cockman
April 11, 2018
I visited another one of our local state parks this past week. Located only about an hour and a half from Troy and Asheboro, Lake Norman State Park is a convenient place for a day trip. The address for the park is 759 State Park Road Troutman, NC 28166. The park is located in Iredell County and is 10 miles south of Statesville and 32 miles north of Charlotte. You can reach the park by taking exit 42 off I-77 and following the signs. There are a wide variety of amenities at the park and activities that can be done here include hiking, biking, boating, fishing, picnicking, and swimming.
The park was formed in September, 1962, when Duke Power Company donated 1,328 acres of land on the northeastern shore of Lake Norman to the state. Lake Norman is North Carolina’s 11th state park created. Lake Norman is the largest man-made lake in North Carolina. The lake itself was created from 1959 to 1964 when Duke Power Company built the Cowans Ford Dam across the Catawba River to generate electrical energy. The creation of the lake led to further industrialization of Mecklenburg County, helping establish Charlotte as a major trade center.