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Swim Area Closed / Concessions open weekends
Posted on:  Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 10:32am    

The desginated swim area at Paddy's Creek is closed for the season.
The concession stand and canoe/kayak rentals will be open weekends only through October 31st.

Mountain Bike Trails are closed today.
Posted on:  Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 8:04am    

Mountain Bike Trails are closed today.
Trail conditions can change at a moments notice.  Riders should contact the park prior to arrival to confirm whether or not the trails are open.
Hiking trail closure
A section of the Mills Creek Trail will be closed off until further notice due to construction of the new tent campground at the Paddy's Creek Area.

Lake James State Park

All the activities one might expect on a 6,812-acre reservoir are available at Lake James State Park, plus a few that might surprise. Along with boating, swimming, fishing and camping, the park offers 15 miles of mountain bike trails as well as remote paddle-in campsites. The park’s Catawba River and Paddy’s Creek access areas complement each other, with tent camping a central feature of the Catawba River Area. Waterfront campsites are 150-300 yards from a parking area. Trails vary from the short, educational Holly Discovery Trail with child-friendly activities to the more adventurous segment of the historic Overmountain Victory Trail. Boat ramps at Hidden Cove and Canal Bridge on NC 126 lie between the main park access areas, and canoe and kayak rentals are available near the swim beach and bathhouse complex.

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Lake James State Park

6883 NC Hwy 126
NeboNC 28761
Latitude: 35.750378
Longitude: -81.892075

Park Hours:

Day-use areas at Paddy's Creek and Catawba River:
December - February: 7am - 6pm
March, April & October: 7am - 8pm
May - September: 7am - 9pm 
November: 7am - 7pm

Catawba River Area Campground and Canal Bridge Access:
December, January, & February: 7am - 6pm (Campground and Hidden Cove Access closed)
March, April, & October: 7am - 9pm
May - September: 7am - 10pm
November: 7am - 8pm 
All areas closed Christmas Day

Swim Area
10am - 6pm 
May 1 through September 30