Lake James State Park »  Hours of Operation
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
Day-use areas at Paddy's Creek and Catawba River:
November - February 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
March, April, May, September & October 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
June, July & August 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Catawba River Area Campground and Canal Bridge Access:
December, January, & February, 7 a.m. - 6p.m.(Campground and Hidden Cove Access closed)
March, April, & October 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
May - September, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
November 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
All areas closed Christmas Day
Swim Area Hours
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
May 1 through September 30