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Vehicle Break-ins at Mtn Bike Trailhead   

Visitors to Lake James State Park should take measures to protect their personal belongings when leaving their vehicles at public parking areas within the park. Recently, a spate of break-ins at the mountain bike trails parking lot and Canal Bridge Boat Access area have occurred. While state rangers and county sherrif's deputies work to bring an end to this criminal activity, extra precautions should be taken to prevent theft from your vehicle. DO NOT leave any valuables in plain sight. Take these items with you during your hike, bike ride or boat trip. Report any suspicious activity, including vehicle descriptions and license plate numbers to law enforcement officials or call the parks office at 828-584-7728.

 Posted on: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 3:56pm
Swim Beach/Concession Stand CLOSED for Season   

The swim beach and concession stand are CLOSED for the season and will re-open May 1, 2018. Canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals will resume next spring. 
 

 Posted on: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 4:03pm
Mountain Bike Trails are OPEN today.   

The mountain bike trails at Lake James are OPEN today. Please feel free to contact the park for the most up-to-date trail status if date stamp is more than 24 hours old.  

 Posted on: Monday, November 20, 2017 - 9:50am
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.

 

100 miles … can you do it? Many park visitors are trying to do just that; hike 100 miles in 2017 to celebrate the centennial of the parks system in North Carolina. Meet Ranger Kevin Bischof as he leads a hike in late Fall to study the leaves after they have fallen for the year. The 4-mile, moderate hike will trek around the Mill’s Creek Trail and return on the Paddy’s Creek Trail. Meet at 1 p.m. in the Paddy’s Creek Area, near the East Picnic Shelter. 

Date of Event:
Tue, 11/28/2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - East Shelter

Lake James is a wintering spot for dozens of common loons coming from their northern nesting territories. On quiet, still mornings you can often hear their iconic cries echoing across the water. Join Ranger Clay Veasey aboard the park's patrol boat in search of these graceful waterbirds and others that call Lake James home during the winter. Registration is required and only the first eight respondents will get to enjoy this unique opportunity. Meet at the East Picnic Shelter at Paddy's Creek Area at 9:45 a.m. for a briefing and prompt 10 a.m. departure. To register, call the park office at 828-584-7728.

Date of Event:
Fri, 12/01/2017 - 9:45am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - East Shelter

Lake James is a wintering spot for dozens of common loons coming from their northern nesting territories. On quiet, still mornings you can often hear their iconic cries echoing across the water. Join Ranger Clay Veasey aboard the park's patrol boat in search of these graceful waterbirds and others that call Lake James home during the winter. Registration is required and only the first eight respondents will get to enjoy this unique opportunity. Meet at the East Picnic Shelter at Paddy's Creek Area at 9:45 a.m. for a briefing and prompt 10 a.m. departure. To register, call the park office at 828-584-7728.

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/02/2017 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - East Shelter

Lake James is a wintering spot for dozens of common loons coming from their northern nesting territories. On quiet, still mornings you can often hear their iconic cries echoing across the water. Join Ranger Earl Weaver aboard the park's patrol boat in search of these graceful waterbirds and others that call Lake James home during the winter. Registration is required and only the first eight respondents will get to enjoy this unique opportunity. Meet at the East Picnic Shelter at Paddy's Creek Area at 12:45 p.m. for a briefing and prompt 1 p.m. departure. To register, call the park office at 828-584-7728.

Date of Event:
Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:45pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - East Shelter

The holiday season is upon us and the leaves have fallen off the trees. Many folks think there isn’t a lot of green left to see when they hike in the winter landscape, but they’re in for a surprise. Join Park Ranger Kevin Bischof as he hikes along the Holly Discovery Trail in search of the plants that hold their green coloration even through winter. The hike is approximately .75 miles in length. Please meet at the Holly Discovery Trailhead located in the Paddy’s Creek Area at 11 a.m. 

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/16/2017 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Holly Discovery Trailhead
Contact:

Lake James State Park

7321 NC Hwy 126
NeboNC 28761
Phone828-584-7728
lake.james@ncparks.gov
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