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Late afternoon at Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike Trails CLOSED today   

Mountain bike trails are CLOSED today, August 25th. The direction of the bike trails has changed.  Wimba trails will be going in a counter clockwise direction, and Tindo trails will be going in a clockwise direction. If date is more than 24 hours old, please call the park office at 828-584-7728 for the latest information.

 Last updated on: Sunday, August 25, 2019

Boat Rentals Closed August 26, 28...   

The concession stand in the Paddy's Creek Area will be closed August  26, 28, and 29. Canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards will not be available for rent on these dates.

These dates are subject to change without notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please call the park office at 828-584-7728 with any questions.

 Last updated on: Saturday, August 24, 2019

Boat Rentals Closed August 26, 28 and 29   

The concession stand in the Paddy's Creek Area will be closed August 26, 28 and 29. Canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards will not be available for rent on these dates.

These dates are subject to change without notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please call the park office at 828-584-7728 with any questions.

 

 Last updated on: Saturday, August 24, 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