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Home in Sherrills Ford
Lakefront Sherrills Ford Haven w/ Boat Dock!
Nestled on a quiet cove next to the main channel of Lake Norman, this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home offers unparalleled access to the largest man-made lake in North Carolina. This sleek Sherrills Ford vacation rental features beautiful lake views from large windows and a spacious furnished deck. Take the kayaks out for a ride off of the dock, rent a boat at Lake Norman Marina or bring your own to explore over 500 miles of shoreline, or tee off at one of many verdant golf courses dotting the inlets.
$202 per night
Guesthouse in Mooresville
The Boathouse, a perfect getaway
Looking to get away, relax, and have expansive Lake Norman views. The Boathouse is a 780 Sq/ft one bedroom fully renovated suite with a new kitchen, luxurious Spa bathroom and a large bedroom that comfortably accepts a king size bed. The open floor plan living area has a dining table, and a living room with a couch and two chairs, a fireplace and 60" smart TV. Located literally on the edge of lake Norman there's a new composite deck with a hot tub and grill. The pictures tell the story.
$425 per night
Guesthouse in Mooresville
The Loft on Lakeshore 1-Bed LKN Lakeside
Only 1.5 miles off I-77, the Loft on Lakeshore is perfect to unwind after a busy day traveling or simply enjoy the beauty of the region and stay for awhile. You'll enjoy a private guesthouse on the second floor with a balcony overlooking Lake Norman. The owners reside next door, but you'll have full access to the lovely yard, fire pit, dock and gazebo. The Loft was finished last year and close to many unique shops and restaurants in Davidson, Mooresville and Langtree at the Lake!
$170 per night

Other great vacation rentals in Lake Norman

Home in Mooresville
Lakeside Villa-Modern Luxury3br House @Lake Norman
$257 per night
Cottage in Troutman
Dreamy Lake Norman Cottage w/ Panoramic Lake Views
$255 per night
Guesthouse in Mooresville
On Lake Norman - The Guest Cottage
$174 per night
Home in Mooresville
The Lake House on Catalina
$421 per night
Home in Mooresville
Private Beach on LKN w/Wide water views! Hot tub!
$324 per night
Home in Mooresville
The Big Chill on Lake Norman
$443 per night
Vacation home in Sherrills Ford
LKN Lake Life
$290 per night
Home in Sherrills Ford
Lakefront Retreat with Private Dock & BOAT RENTAL!
$470 per night
Cabin in Denver
$289 per night
Guesthouse in Mooresville
The Porch on Lake Norman
$150 per night
Home in Mooresville
All Decked Out
$435 per night
Guest suite in Mooresville
Waterfront Retreat at Lake Norman
$146 per night

Your guide to Lake Norman

All About Lake Norman

The largest manmade lake in North Carolina, Lake Norman offers 500 miles of coastline and several marinas just north of the Charlotte metropolitan area. On a hot summer day, the surface of the lake is dotted with boaters, kayakers, and waterskiers, while swimmers splash into the water from the shores of Lake Norman State Park, which has a 125-yard long swimming beach. You can also catch a sunset dinner cruise here, or go on a sailing excursion through the lake’s island passages and winding coastline. The lake area is also home to numerous hiking and biking trails, including a popular network comprising more than 30 miles of single-track mountain biking routes.

Several towns dot the shoreline around Lake Norman, the largest being Cornelius, Davidson, and Westport, where you can grab amenities, explore a historic Main Street, or enjoy a crab cake sandwich at a waterfront restaurant. With Charlotte just a short drive away, Lake Norman is an ideal lake getaway that’s still close to a big city.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Lake Norman?

As most of the area attractions are centered around the water, summer is a popular time for Lake Norman cabin rentals. You can expect mostly hot weather at this time of year with occasional rain (so pack rain gear just in case). The shoulder seasons bring pleasantly crisp temperatures that are great for hiking among spring’s wildflower blooms or mountain biking among the orange hues of fall foliage. Winters can get cold by the lake with occasional snowfall.

With so many towns and communities throughout the lake region, there are plenty of events to keep you busy throughout the year. Huntersville hosts the Loch Norman Highland Games in April, featuring dancing, bagpipe bands, and traditional Scottish food. Starting in October, the town celebrates a Renaissance Festival that runs through the end of November.

What are the top things to do in Lake Norman?

Lake Norman State Park

Located on the northern shore of Lake Norman, Lake Norman State Park draws hikers, bikers, and horseback riders to this lakefront recreation area. This is a popular spot to swim, as the park offers numerous amenities, including a bath house and concession stand, on a grassy knoll above the water. You can also catch the popular Lake Shore Trail here, which offers expansive views of Lake Norman.


Davidson is a small college town on the western shores of Lake Norman. The town’s Main Street, which is just a short walk from the water, offers farm-to-table eateries, streetside cafes, and artisan shops along with seasonal farmers markets. You can browse a beloved bookstore here, or pop into a diner serving old-fashioned floats and sodas.

Dinner Cruises

Cap off a day at Lake Norman with a sunset sail across its deep blue waters. Several local operators offer dinner cruises on water crafts ranging from large yachts to more intimate sailboat voyages, departing from marinas and towns across the area.