5 Fun Lake Norman Parks and Playgrounds for Kids

Whether you're looking for swimming, hiking, biking, or a spectacular playground, these places have you covered.

One of the most impressive things about living in Charlotte is the number of parks and playgrounds that can be found throughout the city. The same can be said for the suburbs as well. Not only does the Lake Norman area have a beautiful lake, but there are many places for the young and old to play. Here are just a few you don't want to miss.

1. Lake Norman State Park

759 State Park Road, Troutman

Located in Iredell County, this park covers almost 2,000 acres on the northern shore of Lake Norman. Families can rent pedal boats and canoes, hike, fish, mountain bike, picnic, or camp. 



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Kids will especially love the The Dragonfly Trail, which features information on inhabitants of the area. During the months of April through October, visitors can lounge on the 125-yard sandy beach and take a swim. There is a small fee to swim when lifeguards are on duty.



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2. Jetton Park

19000 Jetton Road, Cornelius

Found in Cornelius, this is another spacious park, encompassing 104 acres of wooded paved walking and biking trails, tennis courts, formal garden, a waterfront beach area (no swimming allowed) and plenty of places to spread out, relax, or have a picnic. Take a towel if you plan to go to the beach area. You won't be able to resist building a few sandcastles while you're there.



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There is also a playground your kids won't want to leave. Really. It has equipment that is unique, fun, and helps them work on building up their core and balance.

There is a fee to enter the park during the months of March through October.

3. North Mecklenburg Park

16131 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville

This park is maintained by the Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department, and is enjoyed by many throughout the year. There are multi-purpose athletic fields, mountain biking and walking trails, outdoor shelters and grills, a sandbox, and two different playgrounds. In the summertime, this park is home to a popular outdoor movie series.

4. Robbins Park

17738 West Catawba Avenue, Cornelius

Built as part of The Preserve at Robbins Park neighborhood, Robbins Park has grown to include paved trails for walkers, bikers, scooters, a sand volleyball pit, a disc golf course, a fun "treehouse" playground for the little ones, and athletic fields for lacrosse and soccer. 

5. Stumpy Creek Park

160 Stumpy Creek Road, Mooresville

This 83-acre park in Mooresville features a disc golf course, playground, walking trail, baseball and softball diamonds, and a soccer field.

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Stumpy Creek also has a 2.5-mile orienteering course, which is free for the public to use. Creating by a local resident as an Eagle Scout project, the course has three different levels. Pick up a brochure at the park kiosk and head out with your instructions, a pencil, and a compass for a different type of adventure.

Renee Roberson is a Huntersville mom who has been very grateful for all the beautiful parks and playgrounds over the years. She took her kids to Jetton Park recently and could not get them to leave. It is still one of their favorite places.