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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: Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 8:24am
Mountain Bike Trails Work Day November 4, 2017 @ 9am.   

Come join Lake James State Park staff and members of the Trails Allance to work on the mountain bike trails.  We will be work on the Tindo and West Wimba trails.  Work will start at 9 am and go to 12 noon.  Volunteers will meet at the mountain bike trail parking lot. You will get instructions on what to do and put into a work group.  Volunteers should bring snacks, water, gloves and work boots.  There will be a group ride after the workday. 

 Posted on: Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 8:38am
Park News

Each of North Carolina’s state parks has special events during the year and news about facilities, trails, staff and park supporters. And, visitors are frequently finding new ways to explore a park’s unique cultural and natural resources. Check these pages to keep abreast of the news at your favorite parks.

14th Annual Catawba RiverFest Celebration


The 14th annual Catawba RiverFest will take place at Lake James State Park from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 in the Paddy’s Creek Area off Highway 126 in Nebo.

Facilities at the park include a 700-foot swimming beach, concession stand, bathhouse, two picnic shelters, more than 20 individual picnic sites, approximately seven miles of hiking trails and 14.5 miles of mountain biking trails.

Catawba River Picnic Shelter and Beach Rental

Are you planning a family reunion, class reunion, baptism, wedding, birthday extravaganza, church gathering or any other type of event that you want to make memorable?  You may want to consider renting the Lake James State Park Catawba River Picnic Shelter and swim beach area.  For $300 your group, up to one hundred people, would have full access to the picnic shelter and exclusive access to the swim beach at the Catawba River Area for an entire day.  (Depending on the impact to park operations additional fees may be added.)


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