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Swim Beach CLOSED for Season/Concession Stand Open Weekends Only   

The swim beach is now CLOSED for the season and will re-open May 1, 2018. 

The Concession Stand will only be open on Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays), from 10 am until 6 pm through the month of October. Canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals will be available from 10 am until 4:30 pm when the Concession Stand is open.  Boat rental fees are $5.00 per hour. 

 Posted on: Friday, October 6, 2017 - 7:03pm
Bike Trails are OPEN today.   

The mountain bike trails at Lake James are OPEN today.. The direction of the mountain bike trails was changed on October 2nd.  Please contact the park for the most up-to-date trail status.

 Posted on: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 8:55am
Events and Programs

Lake James State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.


Autumn colors will be at their peak for this guided photography hike along the Paddy’s Creek Trail. Shutterbugs of all skill levels are welcome to join Park Ranger Jamie Cameron, whose former career as a photojournalist and newspaper editor has equipped him with some helpful tips on composition – whether you shoot with a phone or a large format SLR. We’ll meet at the Holly Discovery Trail parking lot, in the Paddy’s Creek Area at 10 a.m.

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/21/2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Holly Discovery Trail

The amazing monarch butterfly migration will be at its peak and the Lake James State Park pollinator gardens are a great place to catch the spectacle. Park Ranger Jamie Cameron will explain the life-cycle of these incredible insects as we search for monarchs on their way to the wintering grounds in Mexico. This will be a leisurely excursion for all ages. Meet at the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway at 10 a.m.

Date of Event:
Tue, 10/24/2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Bathhouse Breezeway

Lake James State Park

7321 NC Hwy 126
NeboNC 28761
Latitude: 35.750378
Longitude: -81.892075

Park Hours:

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