Lake James State Park  »  Ecology

Mountain Bike Trails are Open today/A section of Mills Creek Trail is CLOSED/ Low Water Level at Lake James Swimming Area ... details ±
Starting Aug. 20, the Paddy's Creek Area concessions stand will be open on weekends only.

The swim beach is open today from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The Long Arm Camping Areas are now open and are only accessible by boat.

August gate hours: 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. (Campground gate is open until 10 p.m.)

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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 each season.

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 hilly terrain.

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.