The mountain bike trails at Lake James are CLOSED due to wet conditions. For the most up to date information please call the park office at 828-584-7728.
Lake James State Park
Lake James State Park and the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club will be co-hosting the Annual Statewide Star Party. The fun will start out by exploring our closest star, the Sun, just before it sets. As the sun sets and the moon and stars brighten we’ll turn our telescopes and binoculars on the night sky.
Take a Child Outside Week, or TACO Week has been a staple at Lake James for several years. This national event strives to bring kids outside through educational programing. The park will be hosting numerous ranger led activities focused around kids and getting them into the woods. Please keep an eye out for an updated program calendar as TACO Week draws closer.
Aquatic life in our creeks and rivers go far beyond the fish and crawdads you see with a casual glance. The ecosystem of moving water can be incredibly diverse, depending on water quality and other factors. At Lake James State Park, we are lucky to have a waterway of fantastic biological diversity and this program will show participants many of the hidden animals that call Paddy’s Creek home.
Join us in celebrating the North Carolina Science Festival! You’ll explore with a park ranger in a citizen science project to find, count, and record the reptile and amphibian species found along a dedicated section of the park used to study these animals. Park Ranger Kevin Bischof leads a group to discover what park rangers do to inventory park species.
Join us in celebrating the North Carolina Science Festival by joining a park ranger in a citizen science project to identify, count, and record as many species as we can find! All species of animals you can think of will be our focus. Park Ranger Kevin Bischof will lead us to discover what park rangers do to inventory park species.
100 miles … can you do it? Many North Carolina Park visitors are trying to do just that; hike 100 miles in 2018. Meet Ranger Kevin Bischof as he leads a hike along the Paddy’s Creek and Holly Discovery Trails which will lead us along the banks of Lake James and Paddy’s Creek.
Earth Day! What better way to celebrate our wonderful planet than by searching for slimy amphibians? The wonderful world of salamanders will be on display as Park Ranger Kevin Bischof leads a hike to different types of salamander habitat in search of these small, elusive amphibians.
The wonderful world of salamanders will be on display as Park Ranger Jamie Cameron leads a hike to different types of salamander habitat in search of these small, elusive amphibians. Meet at the Holly Discovery Trail parking area and come prepared to journey through woodlands, seeps, streams and pools.
Lake James will be working in conjunction with the NC Museum of Natural Science to celebrate our natural world! Periodically throughout this week, Lake James will have various educational programs in addition to citizen science opportunities. Keep an eye on the calenadar for more specific programs and we look forward to seeing you during the NC Science Festival!