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Lake James State Park

2785 Nc Hwy 126, Nebo, NC 28761-7680
+1 828-584-7728
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River Tube Adventure on the Catawba River
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2785 Nc Hwy 126, Nebo, NC 28761-7680
+1 828-584-7728
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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

The title really says it all. Had a nice 5mile hike around the lake, linking up three trails....Homestead, Paddy's and Mill Creek Loop. We didn't see one other hiker the entire time. The trail is marked moderate, but I think that is a little harsh....More

Thank Toothsome-in-NC
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Spent the weekend at the new Paddy's Creek section for "car camping." Overall, a pleasant experience. Pros: *This is a new camping area, so the bath facilities, roads, etc. are all new and in fantastic shape. *Campsites are outfitted with a nice tent pad, fire...More

Thank Whiteharts
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed one of many trails. Lovely lake access for swimming and lounging. Trails well maintained and friendly staff Weekdays offer almost a solo trail experience

Thank meggie0214
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Very nice state park with great views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Many good trails suitable for easy hiking.

Thank sabimax
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Lake James is truly a great place to relax. From swimming to boating to fishing and camping and everything between Lake James is the place to get away. Campsites are excellent with fire pit and pads for tents. They also have sites for travel trailers....More

1  Thank Duck240
Reviewed 21 June 2017

This is a beautiful lake! Gorgeous surroundings and really nice fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, camping, but very limited swimming. Really limited! It is a shame in my opinion. They have so much to offer with what should be lovely swimming areas but they have designated...More

2  Thank Mootheart
Reviewed 12 May 2017

This site was so much fun. we camped right next to the water. campsite # 12. You do have to walk a little distance to the site, but they provide a wheel barrow is you need it. Bathrooms were clean. Cicada everywhere though, but they...More

2  Thank Michelle P
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Lake James State Park has tons of stuff to do and lots of trails. We chose the area called Paddy's Creek, near the swimming area, to start our hike around a portion of the lake. We didn't hike the complete trail, but took a 30...More

Thank TammyS61
Reviewed 12 April 2017

In my quest to visit all NC state parks, I visited this park in the Spring. Nice trails for more leisurely hikes. Several tent campers were there. Good water sites available for tent camping. Very beautiful lake. Nice swim area and picnic sites.

Thank rlwhite2003
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Lake James State Park has a pristine beach for swimming with beautiful views of the lake and mountains, hiking and biking trails, and ranger-led hikes. The restrooms are clean and plentiful, as are gazebos for gatherings and cooking. There are canoes and kayaks to rent....More

Thank 1TALK1
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Russell P
16 July 2017|
Response from 1TALK1 | Reviewed this property |
You can not kayak from Lake James to Judges, which is on the Catawba River below the lake. There is a hydroelectric dam between the lake and the river below. If you want to go to Judges by kayak, you can put in at the... More
22 May 2017|
Response from 1TALK1 | Reviewed this property |
Just got an updated Lake James State Park map. They have 30 boat-in camping sites where you can secure your boat. The sites are from L1 to L30 and is on what is called the Long Arm Peninsula. Not sure about beaching your... More
Natasha S
7 May 2017|
Response from Whiteharts | Reviewed this property |
This depends on which of the camping area you are talking about: hike-in, boat-in, or drive-in. (I don't know if they all have a lot #18.)