While the surrounding Appalachian foothill terrain
is both rambling and engaging, it is the endless horizon
stretching across a lake as broad as 32,000 football ;elds
that truly informs the aesthetics at Lake Norman.
Not that there aren’t scores of things to stimulate
cerebral activity at the lake, like taking a Back-to-School
class at Davidson College, kayaking the ancestral Catawba
River, power antiquing, wrangling with a trophy bass, or
tackling a lakefront golf course. It’s just that at the end of
the day, the act of winding down at Lake Norman happens
so much more gracefully and naturally, and it’s all because
of the sun setting across that big, beautiful horizontal lake.
;e story of Lake Norman dates back to the early 1960s,
when Duke Power secured the rights to dam the Catawba
River to generate hydroelectric power and drinking water
for metropolitan Charlotte and the surrounding region.
;e dam not only created the vast lake, the second largest
in North Carolina, but also 520 miles of fresh, glorious
shoreline that literally swirls and scrolls around the lake
perimeter, as if written in Elizabethan cursive. And the
swirls created endless coves and nooks, around which
intimate neighborhoods, marinas, restaurants, beaches, and
a vast state park could be sited.
Nancy Bondurant, a local pre-school teacher who moved
on Lake Norman
If you ever took a design or painting class, you learned that horizontal compositions have a quieting e;ect on our cerebral activity. No wonder, then, that the families who live there, and visitors who gently pass through, ;ll their days at Lake Norman just north of Charlotte, NC, with a welcome measure of serenity.
By Warren Grant