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Mountain Bike Trails OPEN Today   

Mountain bike trails are OPEN today, October 15th.  If the date is more than 24 hours old, please call the park office at 828-584-7728 for the latest information.

**On October 19, 2019, there will be a mountain bike race on the East and West Wimba trails from 9am to 1pm.   If you are planning to ride during this time, be cautious of race riders**
 

 Last updated on: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Beach and Boat Rentals Close Oct. 1   

The swim beach and concession stand at the Paddy's Creek Access will close for the season on October 1. Canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards will not be available to rent after this date.

The beach will reopen on May 1, 2020, and the concession stand will reopen that month as staff are available.  If you have questions, please call the park office at 828-584-7728.
 

 Last updated on: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Reservable Facilities

Check the reservations website for availability and prices.

In addition to campsites, you can reserve the following facilities at this park:

Picnic Shelters

Unreserved picnic shelters are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. However, the shelters are very popular, so reservations are strongly suggested.

Two picnic shelters in the Paddy's Creek area each accommodate up to 100 people. East Picnic Shelter and West Picnic Shelter. They are accessible, have access to restrooms and are near a concession stand. The Catawba River Picnic Shelter is reservable by phone and also accomodates up to 100 people. Call 828-584-7728 to reserve.

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 $328, your group, up to 100 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.)
 
The process to renting these areas is simple.  First, you would need to fill out a Special Activity Permit, which you can also obtain at either of our park offices.  Please allow at least 3 weeks prior to the event for the approval process.  Once you complete the form you would mail it directly to the attention of Park Superintendent Nora Coffey, Lake James State Park, P.O. Box 340, Nebo, NC 28761.  Upon approval, you would then make full payment to complete the reservation at our park office.  It is as simple as that. 
 
We recommend that your group carpool as much as possible due to the limited parking (87 spaces). Your event cannot interfere with the general public’s usage of the park.  You and your group would need to follow all park regulations.  No alcoholic beverages are allowed at any time.  You would be responsible for cleaning up after your group prior to leaving the park. 
 
For more information please call 828-584-7728.


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