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Mountain Bike Trails are CLOSED   

The mountain bike trails are currently CLOSED due to wet conditions.  Contact the park office prior to arrival to confirm the trail conditions.

The direction of the Mountain Bike Trails was changed on January 3, 2017.  Please be sure to pay attention to the directional arrows.

 Posted on: Friday, January 20, 2017 - 9:21am
Events and Programs

Lake James State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

Many species of waterfowl, including ducks, grebes, loons and cormorants spend the winter months on Lake James and now you have an opportunity to observe them in their element. Ranger Earl Weaver will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for birds. The weather could be blustery, so be sure to dress warmly if you are one of the eight lucky participants. Registration is required and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the park office at 828-584-7728 to reserve your spot. Meet your captain at the Paddy's Creek Area, East Picnic Shelter at 12:45 p.m. for a briefing prior to departure promptly at 1 o’clock.

Date of Event:
Sat, 01/21/2017 - 12:45pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - East Shelter

As the holidays fade away and the leaves have fallen off the trees many think there isn’t a lot of green left to see as they hike. Join Park Ranger Kevin Bischof as he hikes along the Holly Discovery Trail in search of the plants that hold their green coloration even through the winter. The hike is approximately .75 miles in length. Please meet at the Holly Discovery Trailhead located in the Paddy’s Creek Area at 1 p.m.

Date of Event:
Sun, 01/29/2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Holly Discovery Trail

Lake James hosts many species of waterfowl during the winter months, as well as the critters that stay here year-round. As an added bonus, winter offers some of the most majestic views of the Linville Gorge and the Black Mountain Range of the year. Ranger Earl Weaver will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for loons, otters, eagles and scenic vistas. The weather could be blustery, so be sure to dress warmly if you are one of the eight lucky participants. Registration is required and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the park office at 828-584-7728 to reserve your spot. Meet at the Paddy’s Creek Area East Picnic Shelter at 12:45 p.m. for a briefing and prompt 1 p.m. departure.

Date of Event:
Sat, 02/04/2017 - 12:45am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - East Shelter

Many species of waterfowl, including ducks, grebes, loons and cormorants spend the winter months on Lake James and now you have an opportunity to observe them in their element. Ranger Clay Veasey will be your guide as we hike the Paddy’s Creek Trail in search of waterbirds. The weather could be blustery, so be sure to dress warmly if the forecast demands it. Meet at the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway at 10 a.m.

Date of Event:
Fri, 02/10/2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Bathhouse Breezeway

Predators come in all shapes and sizes; those with feathers, those with scales and those with fur – each is unique in its own way. Meet Park Ranger Kevin Bischof to learn about some of the predators of Lake James and their adaptations that make them so effective in the hunt for prey. This will be an indoor program and includes a craft activity to design and create your very own predator. Bring your creativity and enthusiasm to the Catawba River Area basement classroom at 10 a.m.

Date of Event:
Sat, 02/11/2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Catawba River Area - Park Office
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