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Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor Dee Freeman, Secretary
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Release: Immediate Contact: Charlie Peek
Date: 2012-03-02 Phone: (919) 715-8709

Lake James State Park Opens New Hiking Trail at Paddy's Creek Area

RALEIGH -- A new, 3.6-mile hiking trail has opened in the Paddy?s Creek Area of Lake James State Park in Burke and McDowell counties, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

The Mill?s Creek Trail loop begins and ends at the parking area serving the new picnic grounds and swim beach in the Paddy?s Creek Area. The addition of the Mill?s Creek Trail brings the total to six miles of hiking trails within the Paddy?s Creek Area that opened in September 2010. There are currently three other trails covering 2.5 miles in that area.

The park will offer a guided hike of Mill?s Creek Trail at 10 a.m. March 10. Hikers should meet at the Paddy?s Creek Area office.

Lake James State Park continues to develop recreation opportunities at the Paddy?s Creek Area, created from 2,915 acres acquired in 2005 from Crescent Resources Inc. For more information about the trail, contact the park office at 828-584-7728.

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