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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
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

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