Come discover Lake Norman, North Carolina’s largest inland sea with 520 miles of shoreline.  From watersports and waterfront strolls to fishing and hiking, you’ll find it easy to plan your days to get the most out of Lake Norman. Home to the charming towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville, explore the historic main streets filled with exquisite eateries, entertainment, and bountiful shops like at Birkdale Village.

Latta Nature Preserve is the county’s largest nature preserve with 16 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, fishing opportunities and kayak launch areas. Carolina Raptor Center has over 30 species on the unique Raptor Trail and Owl Forest, where you can take a journey alongside aviaries for an up-close and personal experience. Also located on the preserve is Quest, a facility with indoor and outdoor exhibits that focus on the importance of clean water and the inspiration that birds bring to our lives.  View the gar aquarium, borrow a fishing rod, and browse their gift shop. 

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If you want to get a better look at the lake, visit waterfront parks like Jetton Park which has a 1.5-mile paved loop and sunning beach.  Ramsey Creek Park is the county’s only public swimming beach and includes Patriot’s Pier, a dog park and boat launch area.

Lastly, Downtown Davidson offers modern restaurants that keep historical elements. Davidson Wine Company is an urban winery that used to be an organ-making workshop and Kindred Restaurant used to be the town pharmacy that was built in 1914.  Renown chef Joe Kindred is a 6-time James Beard semi-finalist that also owns Milkbread and waterfront restaurant, Hello Sailor, a modern take on a fish camp serving fish dishes and fried favorites.

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