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Nebo - Lake James State Park

6883 NC Hwy 126

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.


Julie Wright

Thursday, March 8, 2018
This is a wonderful park. The beach, at Paddy's Creek Landing, is great for a day out. It gets a little crowded on the weekends, but during the week, even in the summer, it is peaceful. The water is not very deep, even at the boundary, which makes it great for little ones who are learning to swim. The beach itself is sandy and great for sand castles or sunbathing. I have taken multiple picnics and books here and loved it. There are rentals available during the season, May 1st-September 30th, kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards for reasonable prices. During the season there is a fee to swim-$5 for adults, $4 for kids.

Kurt S

Friday, April 6, 2018
THIS PLACE IS OUTSTANDING - We hiked 10miles on our visit, and the only had to retrace 1.5 miles!!! There are trails that our app didn't account for, and that made it all the better. It was peaceful and quiet out there. We only say a dozen people (and they were headed towards us on Mtn Bikes!) GREAT PLACE! GREAT TRAILS!! GREAT STAFF!!!

Clay Lanford

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Beautiful park area surrounding Lake James! The facilities are incredibly well maintained. We did primitive tent camping in the Paddys Creek area, and each spot had a hand pump for fresh water, firewood available for purchase and the most well maintained bathroom and shower area I've ever seen in a state park. Plenty of things to do around here like camping, hiking, swimming, boating, etc. Definitely coming back here in the summer!

Marleen Howell

Saturday, March 17, 2018
We love going to Lake James. We had our daughters 1st Birthday there. It's our go-to get together spot! The lake is beautiful, we enjoying fishing, swimming at the beach, and of course the grilling and picnic area!

Dillon Potts

Sunday, March 11, 2018
Amazing. Such a peaceful lake with awesome views. Family friendly. I spent two nights at a campsite with a friend. It was a boat in campsite so we rented a canoe to get there. We had a fantastic time and will be returning for more adventuring.

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