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Lake Norman State Park  Itusi Trail
Amid virtually no fanfare, Lake Norman State Park has opened the Itusi mountain bike trail to the public. The 4.25 mile course opened late last week, and is a model of a self-sustaining trail. The trail, designed and built by Bob Karriker and a long list of active volunteers, is a rolling Tsali-esque type of ride. The trail features a +/- 1 mile loop option, called Hicks Creek Loop. Evidence of Beaver life is prominently featured on this loop as are scenic views of the lake. The rider returns across a bridge to continue on the Itusi trail proper.

The trail is just what it was intended to be, a showplace to get riders excited about mountain biking in this region. The flowing trail should interest more volunteers to work on future expansions, to possibly include a technical loop in a more remote and less accessible portion of the park.

One refreshing aspect of the trail was the shower at the bath house following the ride! And, get this, ladies: real bathroom facilities! Take that, Charlotte! The park also features swimming, canoeing, fishing, and camping - something for everyone. We were stopped by several Rangers in the parking area who were very excited to hear our opinions on the trail. They are pumped up by the project and what the addition of the mountain bike community will mean for the park.

After a two month or so hiatus, Bob and company will start on the next 4  5 mile loop.

To get to Lake Norman State Park:
From Charlotte:
Take I-77 North to exit 42, Troutman.
Turn LEFT on Hwy 21, and follow the BROWN signs to the Park, approximately 7 miles from the interstate.

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