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Late afternoon at Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike Trails are OPEN today   

Mountain bike trails are OPEN today, June 15th. If date is more than 24 hours old, please call the park office at 828-584-7728 for latest information.

 Last updated on: Sunday, June 16, 2019

Beach and Boat Rental Hours   

The beach at Paddy's Creek is open for the season from 10-6 each day.

The weekday hours for the concession stand and boat rentals at Lake James State Park are subject to change due to staffing and other concerns. Please call ahead to the park office at 828-584-7728 to determine if these facilities are open that day. When open, the concession stand hours are 10-6, and boat rentals hours are 10-4:30. Kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals are $7.00 per hour.

 Last updated on: Sunday, June 16, 2019

Ecology

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

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