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.
Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Lake James State Park. Check our Events calendar.
To arrange a special exploration of Lake James State Park for your group or class, contact the park office.
Educational materials about Lake James State Park have been developed for grades 2-4 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Lake James program, Aquatic Critters (an Environmental Educational Learning Experience) introduces students to the lakeshore environment, focusing on the plants and animals that live there. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.
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