Towns of Lake Norman
Cornelius sprawls from the shores of Lake Norman with waterfront homes, shops and lakefront restaurants to the east side of Highway 77 where old Cornelius still maintains its old time charm. Old mill houses converted to shops and restaurants, run into Main Street, a charming road filled with eclectic restaurants and shops.
Davidson is a quintessential college town. Just away from the bustle of the larger Lake Norman, Davidson enjoys the quieter Lake Davidson. Davidson College flanks the town with its gorgeous tree lined brick paths and Georgian architecture. Just off campus is Davidson’s Main Street, a Mayberryish street of cafes, shops and even a town library with an expansive green in front where on summer weekends myriad events take place. Each landmark from the library, to the police station to the fire station is marked by a whimsical signpost, a charming addition to the town. Running into the downtown area is a greenway which meanders through the local neighborhoods to the outskirts of town.
River Run Neighborhood (see separate tab for more details)
What was an undiscovered little lakefront town on the west side of the lake has taken off in recent years. Highway 16 creates an easy route to Uptown Charlotte and growth in the area has been rapid. Retail is exploding from mom and pop stores to giant chains like Walmart. Historically, the west side of the lake has been a bit more affordable. However, with the explosion of growth that is currently taking place, lake front bargains are quickly becoming a find of the past.
Huntersville is the largest of the towns on Lake Norman, and the closest to Charlotte. It has a little bit of everything from fabulous shopping and outdoor restaurants at Birkdale Village, golf, boating, greenways, to sleepy little inlets on the lake. Additionally it has all of the big box stores, Discovery Place Science Center, Latta Plantation and the Carolina Raptor Center.
Mooreville lies on the east side of Lake Norman, and it spans both sides of interstate 77. Geographically it is very large. Mooresville has everything from small fishing cottages on the lake to sprawling waterfront estates, to bucolic hills and fields of corn and other crops. Mooresville also has both a charming historic downtown on the far east side, and a booming commercial area straddling interstate 77. You can find just about anything in Mooreville, including Nascar, Carrigan Farms a beautiful site for picking fruit, swimming in the quarry or being scared silly during their Halloween haunted trail.
The more northern towns, and in particular those on the west side of the lake, are not as developed as their southern and eastern counterparts. Sherrills Ford is at the crossroads of two major areas - an easy jaunt across the bridge to Mooresville, or a hop onto highway 16 to get into Charlotte. For the moment though, there is still gorgeous NC farm and pasture land, with beautiful lake front homes and cottages sprinkled in. More rural in nature, Sherrills Ford is close to the booming towns of Mooresville, and rapidly expanding Denver, but it is not yet congested. A little slice of heaven for those who seek peace and quiet.
Troutman, like Sherrills Ford and the other northern towns, hasn’t yet had the massive influx of development. Sitting on the east side of the lake, just north of Mooresville on Interstate 77, Troutman is still primarily rural in nature. Beautiful sunset views on the lake, state parks and woods, Troutman showcases the natural beauty of the Lake.