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Upcoming Events:

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 10:00am
Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 10:00am
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 10:00am
Mountain Bike Trails Are OPEN   

The mountain bike trails are OPEN today. Be advised that the direction changed at the end of September so pay attention to directional arrows. Call the park office at 828-584-7728 for the most up-to-date information or to report downed trees.

 Posted on: Monday, October 22, 2018
Access to Some Park Facilities Temporarily Closed   

The boat dock for the Catawba River Campground has been flooded by recent rains. The trail between the dock and the campground is impassable. Please be prepared to take a different route until the lake's water level drops down.

The Lake Channel Overlook trail is closed from the campground bathhouse out to the overlook during renovations. Work should be complete and the overlook opened by the end of the month. 

Please call the park office at 828-584-7728 with any questions.

 Posted on: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Swim Beach and Boat Rentals   

Starting October 1, the swim beach and weekday boat rental concession are closed for the summer season. Canoes and kayaks will be available to rent on the weekends only through the end of October. Paddleboards are out of commission. The hours for boat rentals are subject to change, though, so please call ahead before traveling to the park. If you have questions, please call the park office at 828-584-7728.

 

 Posted on: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Trails

Taking a hike on the extensive trail system at Lake James State Park is a great way to enjoy the outdoors at your own pace. A walk in the spring when the air is scented with sweet wild azalea and rhododendron blossoms or a stroll in the fall when the leaves are ablaze in colors is tonic for the soul. 

Lake James has 15 miles of multi-use mountain biking trails with terrain suitable for riders of all skill levels. Cyclists are permitted on these trails specifically—not on hiking trails.

 

East Wimba Loop
Location: Paddy's Creek Area
Description:

The trail is appropriate for mountain bikers of intermediate or advanced skill levels.

Point of Interest: This is a multi-use, mountain biking trail
Length:
4.40 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Red circle
Surface: Natural surface
Fishing Pier
Location: Catawba River Area
Description:

A short walk to the Catawba River Area fishing pier.

Point of Interest:
Length:
0.30 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Blue square
Surface: Natural surface
Fox Den Loop
Location: Catawba River Area
Description:

This trail loops through mature forest with a thick canopy. It is an undulating track with a steep staircase up the highest pitch.

Point of Interest:
Length:
2.25 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Orange triangle
Surface: Natural surface
Holly Discovery Trail
Location: Paddy's Creek area
Description:

The trail is a flat, easy trek through riparian forest adjacent to Paddy's Creek.

The Lake James State Park TRACK Trail adventures (see kiosk at trailhead parking area) were designed for use on the Holly Discovery Trail, but they can be used anywhere within the park trail system. Be sure to check out the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, which can be accessed 150 yards south of the Holly Discovery Trail parking area.

Point of Interest: Along the trail, young hikers can enjoy 18 interactive educational activity stations. The HDT is a national award-winning trail
Length:
0.75 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
red triangle
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel
Homestead Trail
Location: Paddy's Creek Area
Description:

The trail is an excellent connector to the Paddy's Creek Trail for hikers who park in the mountain bike trail system parking lot.

Point of Interest:
Length:
0.70 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Blue triangle and white triangle
Surface: Natural surface
Contact:

Lake James State Park

7321 NC Hwy 126
NeboNC 28761
Phone828-584-7728
lake.james@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.750378
Longitude: -81.892075

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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