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Lake James State Park is OPEN!   

Lake James State Park is open.  Come visit us for some relaxing hikes or just to meditate beside the lake. 

Our concession stand is closed for the season.  Thank you all for making this season a successful one.
If you are looking to rent canoes for overnight usage for our boat-in only sites please contact Brian at CBS Sports in Morganton 828-437-7016.

 Posted on: Friday, December 9, 2016 - 8:38am
Mountain Bike Trails are OPEN.   

The mountain bike trails are currently OPEN.  Please be advised that trails may close without notice due to weather conditions or trail maintenance.  Contact the park office prior to arrival to confirm the trail conditions.

 Posted on: Friday, December 9, 2016 - 8:38am

Lake James State Park

Lake James State Park offers a full menu of activities. Along with boating, swimming and fishing in the beautiful, clear waters of the 6,812-acre lake, there are 25 miles of trails, 15 of which are open to mountain biking. Trails vary from the short, educational Holly Discovery Trail with child-friendly activities, to the more adventurous, historic section of the Overmountain Victory Trail. There are three campgrounds. The Catawba River Area has 20 walk-in campsites, many of which offer lake views. The Paddy’s Creek Area has 33 drive-to, family-friendly campsites. The remote boat-in campground on the Long Arm Peninsula offers a true outdoor adventure for those willing to paddle or steer their canoes, kayaks or powerboats to their own slice of heaven. Boat ramps at Hidden Cove and Canal Bridge on NC 126 are located between the park’s two day-use areas. And, canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals are available at the Paddy’s Creek Area concession stand from May through September.

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Contact:

Lake James State Park

6883 NC Hwy 126
NeboNC 28761
Phone828-584-7728
lake.james@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.750378
Longitude: -81.892075

Park Hours:

Day-use areas at Paddy's Creek and Catawba River:
December - February: 7am - 7pm
March, April & October: 7am - 9pm
May - September: 7am - 10pm 
November: 7am - 8pm

Hidden Cove Boat Access Hours:
December - February:  closed
March, April, & October: 7am - 8pm
May - September: 7am - 9pm
November: 7am - 7pm 
All areas closed Christmas Day

Swim Area
10am - 6pm 
May 1 through September 30