Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike Trails are Open today/A section of Mills Creek Trail is CLOSED/
Low Water Level at Lake James Swimming Area
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The mountain bike trails at Lake James are open. Accordingly, riders should contact the park prior to arrival to confirm that the trail is open. When trails are open riders are reminded to adhere to the directional signs while they ride the trail. The direction of the mountain bike trails was changed on July 1, 2015.
A section of the Mills Creek Trail will be closed off for the remainder of summer due to construction of the new tent campground at the Paddy's Creek Area.
Due to the ongoing drought, the water level at Lake James is more than 1-and-1/2 feet below normal. This affects the park swimming area which now has a water depth of less than three feet at the swim line.
Updated: 2015-08-26 14:47:20
Starting Aug. 20, the Paddy's Creek Area concessions stand will be open on weekends only.
The swim beach is open today from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The Long Arm Camping Areas are now open and are only accessible by boat.
August gate hours: 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. (Campground gate is open until 10 p.m.)
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The Paddy's Creek Area concession stand will be open weekends only through October. Canoes and kayaks may be rented from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on weekends when the concession stand is open. The swim beach is open daily through September 30.
The boat-in only Long Arm Camping Areas are now open. You must have a reservation to camp in them and the only way to access them is by water. More information is available via the reservation system or by calling the park office at 828-584-7728.
Please note that the park closes at 9 p.m. It is unlawful to be in the park after hours.
The Catawba River Area Campground is open and campground gates close at 10 p.m.
Updated: 2015-08-21 07:23:19
P.O. Box 340, 6883 NC Hwy 126, Nebo, NC 28761
GPS: 35.728710, -81.901123
Tucked into the rolling hill country at the base of mighty Linville Gorge is Lake James, a sprawling 6,812-acre reservoir with more than 150 miles of shoreline. This impressive waterway is the centerpiece of Lake James State Park, where nature offers scenic vistas of the Appalachian Mountain range and beckons those with an appetite for outdoor recreation.
Bring family and friends to one of North Carolina's most popular state parks for a variety of activities. Go swimming and sunbathing or enjoy a quiet picnic along the lakeshore. Boat, water ski or fish in the lake's cool mountain waters, or take a walk on the wild side and enjoy the beautiful forest wildflowers and abundant wildlife along park trails. Of course, you just may find that your favorite thing to do at Lake James is simply relaxing.
View the Master Plan for Lake James State Park