Lake James State Park
The Mountain Bike Trails are Open today.
Canoe and kayak rentals have ended for the season.
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Mountain Bike Trails Are Open Today. The Tindo (beginner) and both Wimba Loops (intermediate) are open today. Accordingly, riders should contact the park prior to arrival to confirm that the trails are open.
Hiking the mountain bike trails is permitted whenever the trails are open. For the safety of all trail users, hikers must maintain vigilance for bikers and yield whenever mountain bikes are passing.
Starting Jan. 1, 2015, the travel route for all mountain bike trails at Lake James State Park will be reversed to reduce trail damage and add interest for frequent riders. Please follow all directional signs when using the trails.
Updated: 2015-01-31 07:12:37
Please note that the park now closes at 6 p.m. (December - February). It is unlawful to be in the park after hours.
Updated: 2014-12-15 07:37:41
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