Huntersville is the first Lake Norman town in Mecklenburg County, north of Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2015 the population was 52,704. Thus, making the town the 17th largest municipality in North Carolina. Even before Huntersville was established as a municipality, steam engines carried passengers on rails that still run parallel to N.C. 115. Farmers grew cotton on large plantations and schools attracted families from near and far. As the town grew larger, so did business. Today, the commute to Charlotte and the proximity of Lake Norman are some of what entices people to live here.
Huntersville is home to national and internationally known companies such as SABIC Innovative Plastics, Rubbermaid, Pactiv Corporation, GM Financial and Ensemble Health Partners to name a few.
Things to do
Huntersville offers something for everyone, whether it’s shopping, hiking, water sports, tennis or golf. Parks and Recreation offer year-round activities for all ages. Including activities such as, outdoor movies, festivals, a seasonal market and athletic programming. Also, Discovery Place in Huntersville is a great indoor place for children to discover and use their imagination.
For the history lover, check out Latta Plantation. A historic 52-acre living history site on 1,343 acre Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. In addition, Mountain Island Lake surrounds the site to the north, south, and west. For a glimpse of life in North Carolina from 1800 to 1865 check out the plantation home and outbuildings. The site is now used for educational purposes. There are farm animals, guided house tours, workshops, camps, re-enactments, and special events. Additionally, families can go hiking, fishing, and have a picnic for a nice relaxing day.
Carolina Raptor Center is also located on the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. A charitable non-profit organization which relies on the public for financial support. This includes environmental education, the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors. The Jim Arthur Raptor Medical Center treats 900-1,000 birds a year, releasing almost 70% back into the wild.
Another highlight is the Renaissance Festival every Saturday and Sunday from October to November. Experience life in that era with food, games, and shows for the entire family.
Parks and Recreation
There are several great parks around Huntersville on and off the lake. One being North Mecklenburg Park on 98 acres. The park offers baseball/softball fields, outdoor shelters, mountain biking/walking trails, 2 playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts and picnic tables. If you prefer being on the Lake then, Blythe Landing is a nice place to hang out. It has a boat launch, snack bar, playground, picnic tables, and sand volleyball courts. Also,Stevens Road Nature Preserve is a nice place to walk/jog and enjoy nature. Additionally, there are other parks nearby in Cornelius such as Jetton, and Ramsey Creek both with views of Lake Norman.
Birkdale Golf Club in Huntersville, has been voted one of the top five golf courses in the state. Located on 200 acres, this 18-hole championship golf course is one of Arnold Palmer’s designs. Additionally, Skybrook is another lovely residential community. Featuring a golf course and clubhouse for everyone to enjoy. For information on these and other golf courses click on the link: https://www.lakerealty.com/b/lake-norman-golf-course-communities/
Morningstar Marina, Kings Point, Cornelius is more than a place to store your boat. A boating experience with clubhouse facilities, picnic areas, bathhouse, restaurants, and fuel. Second, The Peninsula Club encompasses 11 miles of Lake Norman shoreline and a member-owned club. Some amenities include a clubhouse overlooking Lake Norman, multiple dining venues and meeting spaces, tennis and golf pro shop, and boat slips. Also, Holiday Marina, Cornelius, offers service shop, gas docks, golf cart valet, restaurant, bathhouse, and jet ski slips to name a few.
Investing in a home is a big decision. And, with children, it is even more important to find the right school district. Check out Huntersville Elementary, or Grand Oak Elementary, a rating of 9 on greatschool.org. Or, Lake Norman Charter grades 5-12, or Southlake Christian pk-12 for great prospects before making that final decision.
Birkdale Village offers several choices from fun family friendly like Big Daddy’s Burger to fine dining such as Red Rocks Cafe, and Dressler’s. Also, The Melting Pot is a great experience for special occasions or group. Another great place is Cafe 100 that offers vegan and gluten-free choices in a relaxed setting. Finally, try Pinky’s Westside Grill featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Whatever the craving, the choices are endless in Huntersville.
Birkdale Village is a complete one-stop shopping experience on a main street setting. Offering, the perfect combination of retail, office, and residential units. With, over 60 retail shops, restaurants, movie theater and a one-of-a-kind interactive fountain. The village has an excellent merchant mix from national tenants such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Barnes & Noble, Talbots, and Joseph A. Banks to others. Or, drive about 30 minutes to Concord Mills in Concord with 1.4 million square feet of shopping.
Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, a full-service hospital with 91 beds. A wide range of services include: maternity, surgery, cardiovascular and cancer care.
Novant Health Lakeside Family Physicians has several places to serve your family’s medical needs, one being in Huntersville. Services include management of acute and chronic medical problems, pediatric well visits, women’s health, on-site diagnostic services, orthopedics and minor surgery.
Carolinas HealthCare System, provides 24-hour emergency medical services to the Lake Norman area. Also, home to several physician groups, including specialists in internal medicine, rehabilitation, gynecology and obstetrics. Not only conveniently located, but connected to the region’s top specialists through the Carolinas HealthCare System
Birkdale Animal Hospital has registered, licensed, educated, and trained technicians. It’s family owned and operated with one location to serve. Therefore, they offer what your pet needs, not what is available.
Lake Cross Veterinary has been operating since 1998 in the Lake Norman and Charlotte area. They are committed to creating a positive, welcoming environment where animals can feel safe. Thus, the owners feel confident in the level of care.
Huntersville Animal Care Hospital, a well-established, full-service, small animal hospital providing medical, surgical and dental care. Also, they provide diagnostic procedures, in-house testing and the use of laboratories.
Besides the major supermarket chains such as Harris Teeter and Publix, Huntersville also offers Earth Fare and WholeFoods. Earth Fare and Wholefoods are dedicated to the finest organic and natural foods.
Moving and Storage Companies
All Around Movers Charlotte in Huntersville is a full-service moving company helping home and business owners for more than 15 years. Services include moving, storage, residential and commercial services for all your moving needs.
Two Strong Dudes Moving is licensed and insured. They specialize in residential moves offering labor only moving, long distance moving, and move out cleaning services.
Town and Country Storage offers self-storage units and space at three locations around Lake Norman. They have been serving customers in Lake Norman for over fourteen years.
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