Lake James State Park
Mountain Bike Trails are closed.
Catawba River Area campground is open thru Nov. 30.
Hidden Cove Boat Access is open for the season.
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The mountain bike trails at Lake James are temporarily closed to allow them to dry out following recent precipitation. To protect the trails from damage and keep our riders safe during these hazardous conditions, they will be closed whenever trails are too wet to allow riders. Accordingly, riders should contact the park prior to arrival to confirm that the trail is open.
Updated: 2015-03-27 07:38:02
Please note that the park now closes at 8 p.m. (March - May). It is unlawful to be in the park after hours.
The Catawba River Area Campground is open.
Canoe and Kayak rentals remain closed.
Updated: 2015-03-03 09:41:14
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