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Bike Trails OPEN   

The mountain bike trails are OPEN today.

 Posted on: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 9:53am
Volunteer Campground Hosts needed   

Serve as “live-in” host at park campground. Register campers, provide information and explain rules and regulations. Perform light maintenance work around the campground such as picking up litter, cleaning and stocking toilet facilities, cleaning campsites and selling firewood. This position requires working weekends, holidays and evening hours. Your campsite, with full RV hook-ups, provided free of charge while you volunteer.  For more information contact Ranger Jamie Cameron at 828-584-7728.

 Posted on: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 9:53am
Accepting Applications for Seasonal Employment   

Are you looking to make some extra money this summer?  Lake James State Park is currently accepting applications for the following seasonal positions: certified lifeguards, concession stand workers and general utility workers.  Most positions are 40 hours per week; we do have a few positions that are 24 hours per week.  Expect to work weekends and holidays.

To apply for any of these positions please go to to download the application.  You may scan and email it to or mail to Lake James State Park, P.O. Box 340, Nebo, NC 28761 or drop it off at our park office.

 Posted on: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 9:54am
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, 02/25/2017 - 12:45pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - East Shelter

100 miles … can you do it? Many North Carolina Park visitors are trying to do just that, hike 100 miles in 2017. Meet Ranger Kevin Bischof as he leads a hike in early Winter to discover the what winter residents are in the park. The 2-1/4-mile, moderate hike will trek around the Fox Den Loop trail. Meet at 11 a.m. in the Catawba River Area of the park near the picnic shelter.

Date of Event:
Sun, 02/26/2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Catawba River Area - Picnic Shelter

100 miles … can you do it? Many North Carolina Park visitors are trying to do just that, hike 100 miles in 2017. Meet Ranger Kevin Bischof as he leads a hike along the Paddy’s Creek and Holly Discovery Trails which will lead us along the banks of Lake James and Paddy’s Creek. Along the way we will talk about the importance of water quality and look for the animals that call the shoreline and creek home. The hike will be a 3-mile moderate hike so bring sturdy footwear and water and be prepared to walk for about two hours.  Meet at 10 a.m. in the Paddy’s Creek Area of the park at the bathhouse. This hike is part of the Hike NC! Initiative. Learn more at

Date of Event:
Sun, 03/12/2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Bathhouse Breezeway

Lake James will be working in conjunction with the NC Museum of Natural Science to celebrate our natural world! Periodically throughout this week, Lake James will have various educational programs in addition to citizen science opportunities. Keep an eye on the calenadar for more specific programs and we look forward to seeing you during the NC Science Festival!

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/08/2017 - 8:00am to Mon, 04/24/2017 - 6:00pm
Start Location:
Throughout the park!

Earth Day! What better way to celebrate our wonderful planet than by searching for slimy amphibians? The wonderful world of salamanders will be on display as Park Ranger Kevin Bischof leads a hike to different types of salamander habitat in search of these small, elusive amphibians. Meet at the Holly Discovery Trail parking area and come prepared to journey through woodlands, seeps, streams and pools. Bring appropriate footwear and keep in mind some of these areas may be a little muddy, so keep the new sneakers at home. The hike will begin promptly at 1:00 pm.

Date of Event:
Wed, 04/19/2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Holly Discovery Trail

Lake James State Park

6883 NC Hwy 126
NeboNC 28761
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