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Vehicle Break-ins at Mtn Bike Trailhead   

Visitors to Lake James State Park should take measures to protect their personal belongings when leaving their vehicles at public parking areas within the park. Recently, a spate of break-ins at the mountain bike trails parking lot and Canal Bridge Boat Access area have occurred. While state rangers and county sherrif's deputies work to bring an end to this criminal activity, extra precautions should be taken to prevent theft from your vehicle. DO NOT leave any valuables in plain sight. Take these items with you during your hike, bike ride or boat trip. Report any suspicious activity, including vehicle descriptions and license plate numbers to law enforcement officials or call the parks office at 828-584-7728.

 Posted on: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 3:56pm
Swim Beach/Concession Stand CLOSED for Season   

The swim beach and concession stand are CLOSED for the season and will re-open May 1, 2018. Canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals will resume next spring. 

 Posted on: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 4:03pm
Mountain Bike Trails are OPEN today.   

The mountain bike trails at Lake James are OPEN today. Please feel free to contact the park for the most up-to-date trail status if date stamp is more than 24 hours old.  

 Posted on: Monday, November 20, 2017 - 9:50am

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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Lake James State Park

7321 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