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First Day Hike

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Mon, 01/01/2018 - 10:00am

There is no better way to start off a new year than with a hike at Lake James. Meet Park Ranger Kevin Bischof for what has become a cherished holiday tradition at Lake James State Park – the First Day Hike.

Last Chance Bird Hike

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 12/31/2017 - 9:00am

It’s the last day of 2017. Are you missing any birds on your annual list? Ranger Jamie Cameron will lead this ornithological expedition around the Paddy’s Creek Area to see and identify winter birds. Hermit thrushes, brown creepers, hairy woodpeckers and blue-headed vireos will be among our target species.

Animal Track Ornaments

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 12/17/2017 - 10:00am

Join Park Ranger Kevin Bischof to learn about different animal tracks and other signs that can be found around Lake James and make your own animal track ornaments to take home. Come prepared for both indoor and outdoor activities. Meet at the Catawba River Area office at 10 a.m. Please call the park office at (828) 584-7728 for program registration

Winter Plant Hike

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 12/16/2017 - 3:00pm

The holiday season is upon us and the leaves have fallen off the trees. Many folks think there isn’t a lot of green left to see when they hike in the winter landscape, but they’re in for a surprise. Join Park Ranger Kevin Bischof as he hikes along the Holly Discovery Trail in search of the plants that hold their green coloration even through winter.

Loons of Lake James State Park

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:45pm

Lake James is a wintering spot for dozens of common loons coming from their northern nesting territories. On quiet, still mornings you can often hear their iconic cries echoing across the water. Join Ranger Earl Weaver aboard the park's patrol boat in search of these graceful waterbirds and others that call Lake James home during the winter.

Loons of Lake James State Park

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 12/02/2017 - 3:00pm

Lake James is a wintering spot for dozens of common loons coming from their northern nesting territories. On quiet, still mornings you can often hear their iconic cries echoing across the water. Join Ranger Clay Veasey aboard the park's patrol boat in search of these graceful waterbirds and others that call Lake James home during the winter.

Loons of Lake James Boat Tour

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Fri, 12/01/2017 - 9:45am

Lake James is a wintering spot for dozens of common loons coming from their northern nesting territories. On quiet, still mornings you can often hear their iconic cries echoing across the water. Join Ranger Clay Veasey aboard the park's patrol boat in search of these graceful waterbirds and others that call Lake James home during the winter.

100 Mile Challenge Hike

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Tue, 11/28/2017 - 1:00pm

100 miles … can you do it? Many park visitors are trying to do just that; hike 100 miles in 2017 to celebrate the centennial of the parks system in North Carolina. Meet Ranger Kevin Bischof as he leads a hike in late Fall to study the leaves after they have fallen for the year. The 4-mile, moderate hike will trek around the Mill’s Creek Trail and return on the Paddy’s Creek Trail.

Photo Safari

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 11/19/2017 - 10:00am

Autumn colors might still be vibrant for this guided photography hike along the Fox Den Loop. Shutterbugs of all skill levels are welcome to join Park Ranger Jamie Cameron, whose former career as a photojournalist and newspaper editor has equipped him with some helpful tips on composition – whether you shoot with a phone or a large format SLR.