Shop Reservations Newsroom

GO TO PARK

Lake James State Park

Late afternoon at Lake James State Park
Home >> Lake James State Park
Swim Beach OPEN/Concession Stand Hours Adjusted   

The swim beach is open daily from 10 am until 6 pm, now through September 30. There will be a fee when lifeguards are on duty  $5 for ages 13 and up; $4 for ages 3-12.

From Labor Day thru the end of October the Concession Stand will only be open on Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays), from 10 am until 6 pm. Canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals will be available from 10 am until 4:30 pm when the Concession Stand is open.  Boat rental fees are $5.00 per hour.

 Posted on: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 10:27am
Campground Hosts needed   

Campground Hosts
Lake James State Park is looking for individuals or couples to 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: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 10:27am
Bike Trails are OPEN.   

The mountain bike trails at Lake James are OPEN today. The direction of the mountain bike trails will be changing on October 1st.  Please contact the park for the most up-to-date trail status.

 Posted on: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 10:10am

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.

Click here to make reservations

 

Latest Park News:

14th Annual Catawba RiverFest Celebration

 

The 14th annual Catawba RiverFest will take place at Lake James State Park from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 in the Paddy’s Creek Area off Highway 126 in Nebo.

Facilities at the park include a 700-foot swimming beach, concession stand, bathhouse, two picnic shelters, more than 20 individual picnic sites, approximately seven miles of hiking trails and 14.5 miles of mountain biking trails.

Contact:

Lake James State Park

7321 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