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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 are OPEN today, December 6.  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: Friday, December 6, 2019

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

Hidden Cove Boat Access Closed   

The Hidden Cove Access Area closed for the season on December 1 and will reopen on March 1, 2020. Please contact the park 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.

 

Follow in the footsteps of the Overmountain Men as they traveled from the frontier to the frontline of the Revolutionary War. The guided hike will follow a section of Lake James State Park’s Overmountain Victory Trail as it shadows the original route that was used to ultimately reach the Battle of Kings Mountain. Join Ranger Wade Engels for a step back in time. The hike will begin at 9:30 a.m. from the Holly Discovery Trail parking lot.
 

Date of Event:
Wed, 12/18/2019 - 9:30am to 10:30am
Start Location:
Holly Discovery Trail parking lot

Before we belly-up to the Christmas feast, let’s get some exercise under our belts. December is a great month to walk through Lake James State Park in search of the park’s furry and feathered residents. The leaves have mostly fallen, but their aroma still hangs in the air as many of park’s animals are easily seen throughout the day. Meet Ranger Jamie Cameron as he leads a hike around the Mills Creek Loop to see what animals can be found during Fall. The hike starts from the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway at 10 a.m. The hike is 3.6 miles long, so bring water and snacks and dress appropriately for the forecast.
 

Date of Event:
Tue, 12/24/2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area breezeway

Let’s work off that second slice of pecan pie. December is a great time to walk through Lake James State Park in search of the park’s furry and feathered residents. The leaves have mostly fallen, but their aroma still hangs in the air as many of park’s animals are easily seen throughout the day. Meet Ranger Jamie Cameron as he leads a hike along the Holly Discovery Trail to see what animals can be found during Winter. The hike starts from the Holly Discovery Trailhead parking lot in the Paddy’s Creek Area at 10 a.m. 
 

Date of Event:
Thu, 12/26/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Holly Discovery Trail parking lot

There is no better way to start off a new year than with a hike at Lake James. Meet Park Ranger Wade Engels for what has become a cherished holiday tradition at Lake James State Park – the First Day Hike. Whether you’re interested in starting a resolution of fitness, nature appreciation or learning about the environment, make a visit to Lake James State Park part of your family’s holiday tradition. The hike will start at the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway at 10 a.m. Bring warm clothing and be prepared to walk two miles.
 

Date of Event:
Wed, 01/01/2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area breezeway