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26.8 mile 43.2 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,677' 511 m
Descent: -1,679' -512 m
High: 885' 270 m
Low: 762' 232 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)


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A fast, rolling, purpose-built trail system that has fantastic flow.

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Lake Norman State Park offers a beautiful, forested trail system that winds around the lake and is full of dips, berms, bench cuts and gully runs that were built into and around its hilly river valley terrain. Most of the trails are fairly easy with the occasional steep climb up fun drainage creeks where the trail crosses.

Need to Know

On odd years, loops ride counter-clockwise and even years they ride clockwise.

Camping and swimming are park amenities.


On odd years, the place to start the big ride is right out of the parking lot on the Hawk Loop of the Ituzi Trail system. Off of this loop are also the Hicks Creek and Norwood Loop. Opening in 2003, the original Ituzi 6.5 mile system is one of the easiest at LNSP.

The Hawk Loop dumps you back on the main state park road where you'll find the entrance to Monbo on the right after the bridge. Monbo is the fastest and arguably the most fun trail in the park. Full of many fairly dramatic rollers formed over the terrain, the downhills are fast and have an unbelievable flow.

The Laurel Loop expansion was completed in 2012 which upped the total mileage to 9.75. Laurel is by far the most challenging trail in the park, but is still intermediate at most. There are several steep climbs out of gullies that may make it slightly difficult for beginners. A large chunk of Laurel was built around an awesome ravine, so there are several beautifully built gully runs that have some nice berms.

Also completed in 2012, the Wildlife, Fallstown and Fox Loop offer 8+ more miles to the Laurel expansion. The Wildlife Loop is probably one of the fastest loops in the park, harboring several straightaways, one with some nice jumps and rollers, and one very fun bermed gully run.


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May 8, 2019
Joey Atkins
Apr 26, 2019
Scott Pope
Great flow 14mi
Mar 23, 2019
Heather Ritchea
Mar 17, 2019
Joshua Alvarez
laurel loop 9.8mi
Mar 7, 2019
Kevin Robertson
Nov 11, 2018
Andrew Pitner
Nov 3, 2018
Bryan Timbrook
Aug 8, 2018
Tim Sholl
Hot. Did the whole thing which I didn't do last time. The heat and the mileage was getting the better of me towards the end, but I finished strong! 30.5mi — 3h 45m

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Mark Sullivan
Mooresville, NC
Mark Sullivan   Mooresville, NC
Trail correction. Total trail length is 30.5 miles. Oct 8, 2013
Anonymous User
Anonymous User  
This is what my Garmin Edge 500 registered. There is always a discrepancy between GPS and rotation registering devices. For a GPS, curves are made geometric segments and for rotation devices it registers longer because of hills. Oct 8, 2013

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