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Ask a Ranger: SSSSSSnakes Alive!


Northern copperhead, Gorges State Park. By K. Bischof.

Northern copperhead, Agkistrodon contortix mokasen
Gorges State Park, K. Bischof


Black rat snake, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. By K. Bischof.

Black rat snake, Pantherophis obsoletus
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, K. Bischof


About the Ask a Ranger Podcast

Ranger Crystal and Ranger Jess host the North Carolina State Parks Ask a Ranger Podcast series. Their guest this episode is Ranger Kevin Bischof from Lake James State Park.

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Late afternoon at Lake James State Park

7321 N.C. 126
Nebo, NC 28761



Map of North Carolina

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