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7321 N.C. 126
Nebo, NC 28761

828-584-7728
lake.james@ncparks.gov

 

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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

Mountain Bike Trails Open   

Mountain bike trails, including the Linville River Fonta Flora access, are open today, January 20  Please note that the directions have changed. The Wimba Trail is now counterclockwise, and the Tindo Trail is now clockwise.

If the date is more than 24 hours old, please call the park office at 828-584-7728 for the latest information.
 

 Last updated on: Monday, January 20, 2020

Hidden Cove Boat Access Closed   

The Hidden Cove Access Area closed for the season on December 1 and will reopen on March 1, 2020. The Canal Bridge Access remains open with 24 hours daily, throughout the year. Please contact the park at 828-584-7728 or lake.james@ncparks.gov with any questions.
 

 Last updated on: Thursday, January 16, 2020

New Gate Hours 7 am - 7 pm   

New gate hours are now in effect for December 1 through February 29. The park opens at 7 am, and gates close at 7 pm. The park will be closed on Christmas Day.

Please contact the park office at 828-584-7728 or lake.james@ncparks.gov with any questions.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Scheduled events

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.

 

The Fox Den Loop Trail offers just the right mix of open water, shoreline woods and fields to see plenty of plants and animal and bird species in a morning. Join Ranger Jamie Cameron for a leisurely trek to start the day. We’ll begin at 9 a.m. from the Catawba River Area picnic shelter. Bring binoculars if you have them and dress appropriately for the forecast. The hike will take approximately 90 minutes.
 

Date of Event:
Sun, 02/09/2020 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Catawba River Area picnic shelter

Wild yeasts and bacteria have been used for thousands of years by humans to preserve many different foods. From sourdough bread to pickles, wild yeasts were the unseen force that ruled over food preservation for generations before refrigeration. Join Ranger Wade Engels on a guided hike to discuss where wild yeasts live, how to capture them and how to use their powers of preservation. The program begins at the Catawba River Area breezeway at 10 a.m. and lasts approximately 1-and-1/2 hours.
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 02/22/2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Catawba River Area breezeway

Many species of waterfowl, including ducks, grebes, loons and cormorants spend the winter months on Lake James and now you have an opportunity to observe them in their element. Ranger Jamie Cameron will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for birds. The weather could be blustery, so be sure to dress warmly if you are one of the eight lucky participants. Registration is required and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the park office at 828-584-7728 to reserve your spot. Meet your captain at the Paddy's Creek Area, East Picnic Shelter at 1:45 p.m. for a briefing prior to departure promptly at 2 o’clock.
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 02/22/2020 - 1:45pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area East Picnic Shelter

It’s a rare opportunity for members of the public to have the chance to visit the historic cemetery on Long Arm Peninsula. Before the area became part of Lake James State Park in 2005 it was long held in private ownership. As new park facilities are developed to access and enjoy this beautiful area, the park staff is excited to provide this experience to walk among the tombstones. Meet Ranger Clay Veasey at the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway at 10 a.m. and we’ll caravan to the cemetery from there.
 

Date of Event:
Fri, 02/28/2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area bathhouse breezeway

Lake James hosts many species of waterfowl during the winter months, as well as the critters that stay here year-round. As an added bonus, winter offers some of the most majestic views of the Linville Gorge and the Black Mountain Range of the year. Ranger Clay Veasey will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for loons, otters, eagles and scenic vistas. The weather could be blustery, so be sure to dress warmly if you are one of the eight lucky participants. Registration is required and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the park office at 828-584-7728 to reserve your spot. Meet at the Paddy’s Creek Area East Picnic Shelter at 9:45 a.m. for a briefing and prompt 10 a.m. departure.
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 02/29/2020 - 9:45am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area East Picnic Shelter