Lake James State Park »  Ecology
Mountain Bike Trails are Open Today. A section of the Mills Creek Trail will be closed off for the remainder of summer due to construction of the new tent campground at the Paddy's Creek Area.
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Accordingly, riders should contact the park prior to arrival to confirm that the trail is open. When trails are open riders are reminded to adhere to the directional signs while they ride the trail. The direction of the mountain bike trails was changed on July 1, 2015.
Updated: 2015-07-25 07:32:47
Swim beach and concession stand are now open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
June gate hours: 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. (Campground gate is open until 10 p.m.)
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Please note that the park closes at 9 p.m. It is unlawful to be in the park after hours.
The Catawba River Area Campground is open and campground gates close at 10 p.m.
Swim beach and concession stand (including Canoe and Kayak rentals) are now open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The swimming fee is in effect only when lifeguards are on duty ($5/adults; $4/kids aged 3-12; free/age 2 and under). Lifeguards are scheduled to be on duty daily until the end of August.
Updated: 2015-06-14 21:40:56
Plant & Animal » Checklists
Steep, forested ridges covered with mixed hardwoods, pines and hemlocks dominate the landscape.
Wildflowers are abundant, and the clear waters of Lake James reflect different types of vegetation in
Wildflowers commonly seen in the park include pink lady slipper, Jack-in-the-pulpit, passion flower,
Indian pipe and cardinal flower. Mountain laurel, rhododendron and flame azalea are also abundant in the
Deer, flying squirrel, red and gray fox, rabbit, muskrat and mink all reside at Lake James State Park.
Waterfowl - including green heron, belted kingfisher, mallard and Canada goose - enjoy the park's large body
of water. The skies are also home to pileated woodpeckers, hawks and owls. Reptiles include eastern box
turtle and fence lizard, while amphibians - including northern red salamanders, eastern red-spotted newts
and tree frogs - frequently may be found along park trails.