Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike Trails are Open Today. 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.
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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.
Updated: 2015-07-25 07:32:47
Swim beach and concession stand are now open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
June gate hours: 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. (Campground gate is open until 10 p.m.)
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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.
Swim beach and concession stand (including Canoe and Kayak rentals) are now open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The swimming fee is in effect only when lifeguards are on duty ($5/adults; $4/kids aged 3-12; free/age 2 and under). Lifeguards are scheduled to be on duty daily until the end of August.
Updated: 2015-06-14 21:40:56
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