Enjoy the Outdoors in Mooresville

Whatever the time of year, there are always things to do in Mooresville, North Carolina in the fresh, open air. Whether you prefer hiking or biking wooded trails, practicing your chip shots at the driving range or spending time exploring the coves or open waters of Lake Norman, you will always find plenty of options to indulge your Outdoor Enthusiast self in Mooresville.

For a full list of things to do in Mooresville, visit our attractions page!

Lake Norman Activities

Whether you’re a passionate angler or a recreational kayaker, Lake Norman is the place to be for those who love the outdoors. During the warmer months, you can rent paddleboards, kayaks, jet skis and boats to get you out on the water. Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) has become wildly popular as a watersport activity because truly anyone can enjoy–kids, young adults, parents, and grandparents! You can get an amazing workout with friends or just take a leisurely paddle, have an on-water picnic, and enjoy the amazing sights!

If you want to try wakeboarding but don’t know how to get started, then let the pros at STP Wake guide you. Home to professional wakeboarder Stephen Pierce, this wakeboard school offers private instruction to those who are brand new to wakeboarding as well as those looking to step up their ride. It’s a great way to get on the lake and try a new sport with the latest boats and equipment.

If you want to try your hand at fishing, check out a number of guided fishing tours. Guides know where to go for the best fishing spots on Lake Norman, and they provide the equipment you need for a great experience, so all you have to concentrate on is landing that large mouth bass!

For a full day of activities that are perfect for the whole family, take a trip to Lake Norman State Park. Pedal boats, kayaks, paddle boards, and canoes are available for rent at the visitor center on Park Lake. Or if you’d rather take a dip, a swim area includes a 125-yard-long sand beach, parking area and bathhouse with concession stand, restrooms, changing stalls, warm showers and lockers. You can also fish for crappie, perch, bass and more at the fishing pier near the swim beach. The park is a favorite place to take your dog to hike (or canoe!), and it tops our list of Most Instagrammable Places in Mooresville!

Family-Friendly Outdoor Recreation

There are plenty of off-the-water ways to enjoy Lake Norman State Park. With more than 30 miles of trails for hiking or mountain biking, you can get in a great workout or take a leisurely stroll, whichever you prefer. The more than 6-mile roundtrip Lake Shore Trail was voted by Charlotte a must see trail, and offers a moderate hike in addition to beautiful lake views.

If you are a climber, check out Cliff Hangers Climbing Gym in Mooresville. With more than 20,000 feet of climbing terrain for all skill levels, climbers can find a great workout and a lot of fun. They even have an outdoor climbing wall, so we felt confident in including it in our outdoor activities.

For families with young adults, ages 16 and older, stop by GoPro Motorplex to get your adrenaline racing. This outdoor track – the only one in North Carolina – lets drivers experience racing thrills in karts that reach speeds up to 55 mph.


Hit the links in Mooresville, NC. Check out the recently renovated Mooresville Golf Course, which was inspired by traditional Scottish links-style golf courses. Reserve a tee time at Mallard Head Golf Course to play 18 holes on a championship course along scenic Lake Norman. Great for families, the Mooresville Golf Range & Par 3 Mini Golf comprises a driving range, miniature golf and a par 3 course.

Get Outdoors

There are lots of ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Mooresville, NC. For a complete list of  things to do in Mooresville, check out our Attractions page. For help planning your stay, contact the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau today.

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