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

Mountain bike trails are closed today due to winter weather conditions. Plese contact Park Office at 828-584-7728 for further information.

 Last updated on: Sunday, December 16, 2018

DATE CHANGE: Canal Bridge Boat Ramp Closure...   

The Canal Bridge Access Area and boat ramps will be closed the week of December 17, 2018, for courtesy dock improvement. The site is expected to reopen by December 22.

The Hidden Cove Access Area and boat ramps will continue to operate under normal gate hours during this time. Please contact the park at 828-584-7728 or lake.james@ncparks.gov with any questions.

 Last updated on: Thursday, December 13, 2018

Winter Storm Park Closures   

The Catawba River and Paddy's Creek areas are now open. Use extreme caution as hazards still remain due to snow and ice. Watch your footing on trails and walkways and beware of falling trees and branches.  Please do not attempt to park at locked gates and walk in. Staff need to access the park and any vehicles parked at or blocking gates will be issued citations. Please be patient as we work diligently to clear the roads. Thank you for your cooperation. Be safe.

 Last updated on: Thursday, December 13, 2018

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.

Contact:

Lake James State Park

7321 NC Hwy 126
NeboNC 28761
Phone828-584-7728
lake.james@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.750378
Longitude: -81.892075

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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