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greenBlue Lake Shore Trail

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4.8 mile 7.6 kilometer loop


Ascent: 515' 157 m
Descent: -514' -157 m
High: 864' 263 m
Low: 762' 232 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)


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An easy hike with a few steep hills mixed in. Nice views of Lake Norman throughout.

Zane Ray

Features Lake · Swimming

Open year-round.


This is a fairly easy trail that is 5 miles in length (my Garmin was a little less). There are a few hills greater than 15% grade, but they are short. A great trail to hike on when the MTB trails are shut down due to rain. Just watch all of the roots.

There are many spots to take a dip or let your dog swim. It's a great local trail to get away from it all without having to drive far. There should be plenty of parking, except on the weekends. You may have to park up the road a bit or park in the swimming area parking where there are more than enough parking spaces.

Flora & Fauna

Mostly hardwood trees, with some pines in areas. Lots of deer.

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Lee S  
Walked this trail on 12-23-18. GPS came up with 5.1 miles. Hiking with 3/4 full pack, this trail had some challenges for this old man trying to get his trail legs back. The Hills and Hollers of the Catawba River Valley can provide a good workout. Roots? What Roots? Yes there are several roots along the trail and a good pair of boots/shoes are highly recommended. Take the time to stop along the walk and enjoy some of the benches that are at every 1/2 mile mark or so. Some have really good views. This trail drains really well, but after extremely wet weather, expect some mud and slippery spots. I walked at a average speed of a little over 2 mph factoring in a few breaks to take in the surroundings. Will do this trail again soon. Also loved the fact that it's a hiking only trail, and wish the State Park had a couple more Hiking "exclusive" trails. There is a spot that is about the 3/4 mark on the trail where you cross a bridge and there were birds everywhere! Great Hike! Dec 27, 2018

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