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Itusi Trail - Lake Norman State Park

Average Rating:    (4.11 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

A Tsali-style trail that hugs the contours of the land. Good line of sight. Beautiful hardwood forests. Great views of the lake and a small stream. The one mile Hicks Creek Loop is optional. There's also a fire trail road that provides a bail out that is about 2.75 miles down the trail. Excellent trail design and construction.
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Latitude
35.66730316736823
Longitude
-80.92795372009277
Trail Directions
Take exit #42 off of I-77 and follow brown signs for Lake Norman State Park (entrance is 7 miles from interstate). Trailhead is located at the northern end of the swimming area parking lot, which is the second road on the left.
Trail Length
4.25 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Troutman
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Reviews 1 - 5 (9 Reviews Total) View All | Next 5

Review Date
September 25, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Herb ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
One of the funnest, fastest, most flowing trails I have ridden. It is short, but can be connected with other loops, or ridden several times. There is plenty here to keep you entertained. I never get tired of it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Some great singletrack up by a reseroir to the north. This area is covered with trails as you head towards the mountains.



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Review Date
November 12, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: First Flight ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Currently, 13 miles with another phase to begin construction in fall of 2008. The Itusi is a trail that you can enjoy with the kids and take in the scenery or put your head down and go for speed.



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Review Date
November 26, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: KingKona ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trail is in excellent shape with especially with the lack of rain and the excellent trail work that has been done. The trails themselves are failry wide for single track and very smooth with very little rocks and roots. This trail would be great for newcomers to MTB and kids. Overall it was fun to blast through the woods without having to negotiate technical sections.

Recommended Route:
Phases 1 and 2.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Beech Springs, N Meck Part, Renni.



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Review Date
July 26, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Cherokee ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The 2nd addition is now open--total length now 6.7 miles, with plans to make it 10+ miles. This trail will not technically challenge anybody, but it is an absolute blast to ride. Very fast, some banked turns, beautiful up and down trail, feels like the mountains, but no long hills to climb. Three opportunities to bail out and shorten the ride (but who would want to?). Many thanks to the Tarheel Trailblazers for their work to build and maintain this trail.

Recommended Route:
One way trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Catawba Riverfront and Beech Springs (more challenging); Col Frances Beatty (similar difficulty)



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Review Date
November 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by:  ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Very smooth, non-technical trail. Fast, flowing. It would benefit from some technical options, but is an excellent place to take the family. ANYONE can ride this trail. I've seen people with bike trailers and recumbants on this trail, so that gives you an idea of how non-technical it is. Not a root, rock or log on the trail....

That being said, it is an ok workout if you ride it fast for several laps. It would be a great place for a race.

It is a really well laid-out trail, with potential for future expansions. The scenery is beautiful and the park staff is friendly. Be sure you check their website to make sure the trail is open, since they close it after any rain and after dark (no night riding).

My only complaint is the total lack of technical difficulty, but that's just my personal preference.

Recommended Route:
One-way, follow the map at the trailhead.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Poplar Tent, Catawba, Renaissance



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