Mountain bike trails are CLOSED today, October 14th. If the date is more than 24 hours old, please call the park office at 828-584-7728 for the latest information.
**On October 19, 2019, there will be a mountain bike race on the East and West Wimba trails from 9am to 1pm. If you are planning to ride during this time, be cautious of race riders**
The swim beach and concession stand at the Paddy's Creek Access will close for the season on October 1. Canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards will not be available to rent after this date.
The beach will reopen on May 1, 2020, and the concession stand will reopen that month as staff are available. If you have questions, please call the park office at 828-584-7728.
Get plant and animal checklists at the park office.
Steep, forested ridges covered with mixed hardwoods, pines and hemlocks dominate the landscape. Wildflowers are abundant, and the clear waters of Lake James reflect different types of vegetation in each season.
Wildflowers commonly seen in the park include pink lady slipper, Jack-in-the-pulpit, passion flower, Indian pipe and cardinal flower. Mountain laurel, rhododendron and flame azalea are also abundant in the hilly terrain.
Deer, flying squirrel, red and gray fox, rabbit, muskrat and mink all reside at Lake James State Park. Waterfowl - including green heron, belted kingfisher, mallard and Canada goose - enjoy the park's large body of water. The skies are also home to pileated woodpeckers, hawks and owls. Reptiles include eastern box turtle and fence lizard, while amphibians - including northern red salamanders, eastern red-spotted newts and tree frogs - frequently may be found along park trails.
7321 N.C. 126
Nebo, NC 28761
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
10am - 6pm
May 1 through September 30