On a hot summers day and as a tourist to Charlotte, we fancied a nice cooling swim in a lake and therefore headed off towards Lake Norman State ark.
There is only area of the lake to swim in and therefore as you can imagine it is very popular. Therefore, its not surprising to note that it can get extremely congested in the afternoon so I recommend for a quieter sunbath / swim you get there for the morning sun.
There is a small charge $5 adults and $4 children aged 3-12. They do provide changing rooms / showers and lockers. Also, for piece of mind Lifeguards are on duty both on the beach & in the water. The swing area is cordoned off.
However, Lake Norman State Park offers more than a swim, it has family camping, boat rentals (not available 2014) and picnic shelters, all have costs associated with them.
Note: there is a large number of steps to be taken if you take a direct route from the changing room area to the beach but there is also a gradual sloping winding pathway down to the beach.
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