to the area in 1998, has been sailing since childhood and has a love a;air
with the lake. “;ere’s nothing better than to join friends in the Lake Norman
Community Sailing Club on a Saturday morning,” says Nancy. “We perfect
our sailing techniques, and exercise, and laugh, and feel the wind in our hair
… it’s completely cathartic.”
One activity that is starting to take hold on Lake Norman is bird watching
from a watercra;, where you quietly trace the shoreline with binoculars in
hand, hoping to add an elusive bird species to your “life list.” Popular spots
include the osprey nesting platforms that dot the lake and were erected by
North Carolina Wildlife Federation.
Rob Dancy, who as a high school student in 1964 used to go out to the Cow-ans Ford Dam on Sundays to watch Lake Norman ;ll up, has a lakefront home
just a quarter-mile from a protected island where up to 100 blue herons roost.
Says Rob, “We’ll o;en look out to the island and see a handful of folks on a
kayak or pontoon boat circling it as they respectfully observe these regal birds.”
All the energy that Duke Power generates pales to the energy expended
at Lake Norman by every imaginable recreational water enthusiast. For the
options are unlimited, from tranquil paddle boards and kayaks, to jet skis and
hold-on-for-dear-life tubing. While you’re out on the water, you might give a
friendly wave to lakefront residents like Michael Jordan or current Daytona
500 champion Denny Hamlin, who you’ll surely spy sipping sweet tea in the
Perhaps the uno;cial ambassador of the lake region is Woody Washam, a
former chairman of both the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce and Visit
Lake Norman, who was born and raised locally and has lived on the lake forever.
Woody observes, “;e draw of Lake Norman lies in its charming collage
of small towns, each with its own personality, framed by a sparkling natural
amenity and located within minutes of all that a vital metropolitan area like
That collage of vintage small towns includes Davidson, Cornelius,
Huntersville, and Mooresville.
Centuries ago, the local Catawba Indians had a clever way of marking trails
and landmarks. ;ey would ;nd a strategically placed oak or poplar sapling,
then bend it over close to the ground so that as the tree matured its trunk
grew horizontally, thus pointing to the proper path. Centuries later, horizontal
lines continue to inform the way at Lake Norman.
Trilogy at Lake Norman
The newest residential offering on Lake
Norman is Trilogy, a 600-acre enclave nestled
near the lake’s western shore and brought
forth as an active lifestyle community for residents 55 and up by Shea Homes, a national
homebuilder whose hallmark is a passion for
design and quality.
Dennis and Peggy Murphy recently moved to
Trilogy from their home in Long Island in order
to get close to their children and grandkids
living in nearby Huntersville. “We looked at
a variety of communities in the area,” Peggy
says, “and none of them offered the lifestyle,
the warm welcome, and the affordability of
The Murphy’s were avid ocean kayakers back in
New York, and Peggy remarks, “We’re looking
forward to kayaking and taking advantage of
all the water activities at Lake Norman.”
Interestingly, homeowners at Trilogy Lake
Norman are afforded full membership in the
Freedom Boat Club, located just 15 minutes
away in Cornelius. As a member, they can
reserve any kind of watercraft and simply pay
for the fuel used during their day on the lake.
Officially opened this last April, Trilogy Lake
Norman will be bringing resort-style amenities
online next summer under the guidance of a
highly-touted resort management company.
Go to trilogylife.com for more information, or
call (800) 685-6494 and tell them you saw it