Terrell – Living the Lake Lifestyle

In the Lake Norman Area – Northwest of Charlotte - is Terrell. Terrell is an unincorporated community in Catawba County, North Carolina where approximately 860 people call home. The town of Terrell harkens back to the good ole days where you’ll find the Terrell Country Store that houses a treasure trove of vintage and antique items for sale, as well as a lot of local historical items. Many residents of Terrell commute to Charlotte, either via I-77 on the east side of Lake Norman or via the equidistant NC 16 located on the west side of Lake Norman.

If you love the lake lifestyle, you’ll love living in Terrell. Residents enjoy a year-round wonderland of activities including water-sports and fishing on the largest man-made lake in the Carolinas. This large lake, created in 1963 by Duke Energy, is 34 miles long with 520 miles of shoreline.


The town of Terrell was named after Pinckney Lawson Terrell (1853-1926), a Methodist preacher with ties to the nearby Methodist Church. At one time, the town of Terrell was the focal point of trade and commerce in the area. In fact, the Terrell Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The most prominent building within the historical district is the Terrell Country Store which was built in 1891.

Points of Interest – Things To Do

From the Lake Norman area, you can enjoy the ease and convenience of visiting anywhere in North Carolina, being just north of Charlotte, and the mountains and coast are just a short drive away, ideal for a weekend getaway. With convenient access to I-77 and approximately 34-miles from Charlotte, you can enjoy dinner and a movie, shopping, art galleries, museums, craft breweries, annual festivals and concerts, and a whole lot more fun and adventure.

Whether you live in Terrell year-round or only during the summer months, there is no need to own a boat! You can rent a pontoon, ski boat, fishing boat or jet-ski for an hour, or the day at one of the marinas that dot the shoreline. The Terrell area of Lake Norman with its diverse people, culture, and history makes Terrell, North Carolina the perfect place to live, especially if you enjoy the lake lifestyle!

Neighborhoods (homes)

  • McGee Point
  • Kiser Island
  • Giles Nolley