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Mountain Bike Trails are OPEN today   

Mountain bike trails are OPEN today, If date is more than 24 hours old, call the park office at 828-584-7728 for latest information.

 Last updated on: Sunday, May 19, 2019

Swim Beach Open Starting May 1   

The swim beach at the Paddy's Creek Access reopened for the season on May 1. Lifeguards will be on duty starting May 25.

The concession stand and boat rentals will be available on Saturdays and Sundays only until Memorial Day weekend.

Please call the park office at 828-584-7728 for additional information.

 Last updated on: Saturday, May 18, 2019

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.


⇒ RESERVATIONS

Find and book a campsite or picnic shelter online

Or make your reservation at 1-877-722-6762


⇒  NOW HIRING

Lake James State Park is currently accepting applications for several seasonal positions. Details can be found in the links below:


 

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7321 N.C. 126
Nebo, NC 28761

828-584-7728
lake.james@ncparks.gov

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 35.750378, -81.892075

 

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