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Lake Norman| Jetton Park, a Family Favorite in Cornelius

May 31st, 2008 Listed Under: Cornelius, Things To Do Charlotte

Charlotte’s Northern Neighbor Has a Terrific Park in Jetton Park

by Kelli Robinson Kelli is a freelance writer, mother of two and resident of Mooresville NC, guest posting on

Last weekend, my husband and I took the kids to Jetton Park, by far my favorite park in the Lake Norman- North Charlotte area. From Interstate 77 it is conveniently located between Huntersville and Cornelius (Exits 25 and 28). When we first moved here in 2006, I ventured to Jetton because I heard it offered a shaded playground – a rare but absolute must in the region during the summer months! Well it’s true there is a shaded playground; but that’s only one of the park’s great amenities that keeps us going back throughout the year and spending hours during each visit. The bike trail is perfect for kids and grownups alike. My five-year-old son completes it with no trouble thanks to the limited hills. The trail winds its way around the park, paralleling Lake Norman. While my son is anxious to finish the bike race in record time, I always make him pause by the lake so I can take in the view. The weekday view is peaceful, with sailboats dotting the shore here and there. The weekend showcases a parade of motorboats with people participating in water sports of all kinds. Catawba Avenue, the main road to Jetton off of Interstate 77 is developed and often crowded. I think that’s what makes the park so fun. You literally feel as if you’re getting away from it all.

My son and daughter also enjoy building sand castles and chasing ducks at the beach.

During the week we’re accompanied by other kids and stay-at-home parents enjoying a morning or afternoon at the beach. On the weekends you’ll find families grilling and playing bocce.

We usually enjoy a picnic lunch after our bike ride, beach activities, and playground romp. The park offers many picnic tables and groves (you can reserve one to celebrate special occasions). Again, my favorite spot is by the lake: no reservation necessary, picnic tables and porch swings provided.

Maintained by the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, this park is open from sun up to sundown, seven days per week. Park employees greet you on the weekend to accept a per car entrance fee ($3 – county residents; $5 – nonresidents). I’ve often visited during the week without having to pay a fee. Speaking of fees, if you bring your fishing rods – and you should because there are some great fishing spots – don’t forget your fishing license if you are age 16 or older.

I see my family enjoying this park for many years. I hope one or both of my kids will pick up the game of tennis, and we can enjoy a few sets on the courts provided. When I need some time away, nothing stops me from grabbing a book and enjoying the porch swing on my own. And who knows…the gazebos and lake views would make a perfect wedding site someday! But I digress. Right now the shaded playground suits us just fine!


Great work Kelli!

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