You know the feeling of finding a dollar in your pocket or a perfect shell on the beach? That’s how I feel when I discover a new trail. I get excited at the prospect of expanding our Charlotte playground. Recently, we sought out a trail on Lake Norman in Cornelius that a friend from church had mentioned, and were exceedingly pleased.
The mostly flat, two mile (one way), natural surface trail hugs the shore of quiet stretch of the lake behind the Victoria Bay neighborhood. The biggest obstacles were roots here and there. It was perfect for three beginner mountain bikers and me hiking along beside.
The shady trail felt secluded and peaceful as we enjoyed song birds and the hum of cicadas. There were several breaks in the trees where we could stop to explore the banks of the lake, as well as a couple of benches to enjoy a rest if needed.
Since there’s no parking at the trailhead or along the trail, we parked at the Lake Norman Y, just a few blocks away. Which meant we could also go for a swim at the outdoor Y pool to cool down when we returned!
The out and back was lovely and, to cap it off, there’s Carolina Cones conveniently located blocks from the Y for a quick stop on the way home!
How to get there:
|Bike path to from the Y to Church St.|
Water and snacks: Always keep the essentials handy. You can refill water at the Y.
Swim suits and towels: Consider timing your hike such that you can take a dip in the Y pool when you’re done.
Ice cream money: A little sweet treat can be very refreshing!
Bug spray: Mosquitoes and gnats weren’t bad, but ticks are always a threat.
Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses: I pack ‘em everywhere we go, though the canopy was thick enough on this hike we didn’t need any of them until we went swimming.