Lake James

State Park - North Carolina

Lake James State Park is located in Burke and McDowell Counties, North Carolina. It covers 3,743 acres (15.15 km2) and borders 6,510-acre (26 km2) of Lake James. Along with boating, swimming and fishing in the beautiful, clear waters of the 6,812-acre lake, there are 25 miles of trails, 15 of which are open to mountain biking. Trails vary from the short, educational Holly Discovery Trail with child-friendly activities, to the more adventurous, historic section of the Overmountain Victory Trail. There are three campgrounds. The Catawba River Area has 20 walk-in campsites, many of which offer lake views. The Paddy’s Creek Area has 33 drive-to, family-friendly campsites. The remote boat-in campground on the Long Arm Peninsula offers a true outdoor adventure for those willing to paddle or steer their canoes, kayaks or powerboats to their own slice of heaven. Boat ramps at Hidden Cove and Canal Bridge on NC 126 are located between the park’s two day-use areas. And, canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals are available at the Paddy’s Creek Area concession stand from May through September.

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Visitor Map of Paddy's Creek and Long Arm Peninsula Areas of Lake James State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.Lake James - Paddy's Creek and Long Arm Peninsula Areas

Visitor Map of Paddy's Creek and Long Arm Peninsula Areas of Lake James State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.

Official visitor map of Blue Ridge Parkway (PKWY) in North Carolina and Virginia. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Blue Ridge - Visitor Map

Official visitor map of Blue Ridge Parkway (PKWY) in North Carolina and Virginia. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Official Visitor Map of Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (NHT) in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Overmountain Victory - Visitor Map

Official Visitor Map of Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (NHT) in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Visitor Map of Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests (NF) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Pisgah and Nantahala - Visitor Map

Visitor Map of Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests (NF) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) of the Grandfather Ranger District (RD) of Pisgah National Forest (NF) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Pisgah MVUM - Grandfather RD 2015

Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) of the Grandfather Ranger District (RD) of Pisgah National Forest (NF) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

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Fact Sheet for Lake James State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.Lake James - Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet for Lake James State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.

Bike Trails Map of Lake James State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.Lake James - Bike Trails

Bike Trails Map of Lake James State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.

Map of Catawba River Campground at Lake James State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.Lake James - Catawba River Campground

Map of Catawba River Campground at Lake James State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.

Map of Paddy's Creek Campground at Lake James State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.Lake James - Paddy's Creek Campground

Map of Paddy's Creek Campground at Lake James State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.

Map of Long Arm Campground at Lake James State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.Lake James - Long Arm Campground

Map of Long Arm Campground at Lake James State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.

Lake James SP https://www.ncparks.gov/lake-james-state-park/home https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_James_State_Park Lake James State Park is located in Burke and McDowell Counties, North Carolina. It covers 3,743 acres (15.15 km2) and borders 6,510-acre (26 km2) of Lake James. Along with boating, swimming and fishing in the beautiful, clear waters of the 6,812-acre lake, there are 25 miles of trails, 15 of which are open to mountain biking. Trails vary from the short, educational Holly Discovery Trail with child-friendly activities, to the more adventurous, historic section of the Overmountain Victory Trail. There are three campgrounds. The Catawba River Area has 20 walk-in campsites, many of which offer lake views. The Paddy’s Creek Area has 33 drive-to, family-friendly campsites. The remote boat-in campground on the Long Arm Peninsula offers a true outdoor adventure for those willing to paddle or steer their canoes, kayaks or powerboats to their own slice of heaven. Boat ramps at Hidden Cove and Canal Bridge on NC 126 are located between the park’s two day-use areas. And, canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals are available at the Paddy’s Creek Area concession stand from May through September.
Lake James TRAILS State Park Paddy’s Creek Area Hiking Trails Holly Discovery Trail ▲ red easy 0.75 mile Overmountain Victory Trail ▲ white moderate 2.0 miles Paddy’s Creek Trail ▲ orange moderate 1.0 mile ON THE WATER Homestead Trail ▲▲ blue/white easy 0.5 mile Mill’s Creek Trail ▲ blue moderate 3.6 miles Swimming is permitted in the Paddy’s Creek Area within the designated swimming area. The swimming area is open May 1 through Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. A fee is charged for adults and children. Paddy’s Creek Area Biking Trails Upper Tindo Loop ● blue easy 1.4 miles Lower Tindo Loop ● blue easy 1.4 miles Boating: Stand-up paddleboards, canoes and kayaks may be rented for a fee from the concession stand in the Paddy’s Creek Area, which is open seasonally. Two boat ramps, Hidden Cove and Canal Bridge, offer boater access to Lake James. The Hidden Cove boat ramp is operated according to park hours and must be vacated by closing time and is closed during the winter months. The boat ramp at Canal Bridge is open 24 hours a day, throughout the year. West Wimba Loop ● orange moderate 6.0 miles East Wimba Loop ● red moderate 4.4 miles moderate 6.8 miles easy 0.3 mile ACTIVITIES PARK INFORMATION Lake James State Park 7321 N.C. 126 Nebo, NC 28761 Office: 828-584-7728 GPS: 35.0378, -81.892075 lake.james@ncparks.gov Please visit the North Carolina State Parks website or contact the park office for the most current information about seasonal hours, activities, alerts, camping fees, programs, rules and weather. AT A GLANCE Fishing: The cool flow into the depths of Lake James, creating a perfect environment for the many game fish that swim here. Cast your line in the cool mountain waters of the Linville and Catawba rivers to catch largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, white bass, crappie, bluegill, redbreast sunfish, muskellunge, carp and perch. A fishing license is required, and all anglers must adhere to the regulations of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. CAMPING Established: 1987 Landmark: Paddy’s Creek bridge, a wooden, arched bridge with great views of the sunrise You can find...bald eagles: Lake James hosts a healthy population of eagles throughout the year, including a nest site that has been active for more than a decade. Trails: 14 trails ›› 1 Kids TRACK trail – Overmountain Victory Trail ›› 32.6 miles of hiking ›› 20 miles of biking Accesses: Paddy’s Creek, Catawba River and Fonta Flora State Trail Lake James State Park offers three tent camping areas. The Catawba River Area has 20 walk-in campsites, many of which offer lake views. The Paddy’s Creek Area has 33 drive-to campsites. The remote boatin campground on the Long Arm Peninsula offers a true outdoor adventure for those willing to paddle or steer their canoes, kayaks or powerboats to their own slice of heaven. Visit the website or contact the park office for more information about amenities, facilities, and accessible campsites. PICNICKING You bring the food and we’ll supply the atmosphere. There are picnic areas available on a first-come, first-served basis at both the Catawba River and Paddy’s Creek areas of Lake James State Park. Picnic sites include tables, outdoor grills and trash and recycling receptacles. Drinking water and restrooms are located within a short walk of all picnic sites. Three large picnic shelters can accommodate up to 100 people and are available by reservation or first-come, first-serve. Fonta Flora State Trail red-orange Catawba River Area Hiking Trails Fishing Pier ■ blue Fox Den Loop ▲ orange moderate 2.25 miles Lake Channel Overlook ◆ red moderate 1.5 miles Sandy Cliff Overlook ● white easy 0.5 mile FLORA AND FAUNA • • • • • • • • • • Deer Flying squirrel Red fox Rabbit Muskrat Mink Eastern box turtle Red salamander Tree frogs Fence lizard • • • • • • • • • • Green heron Belted kingfisher Pileated wookdpecker Bald eagle Pink lady slipper Jack-in-the-pulpit Passion flower Indian pipe Mountain laurel Flame azalea
Paddy’s Creek Area 126 Enlarged East Wimba Loop Paddy’s Creek Area NC 126 Lake James North Catawba River Area 0 2,000 4,000 Feet West Wimba Loop 09/15 Upper Tindo Loop Legend Biking Trail Hiking Trail Hospital - 911 McDowell 828-659-5000 Morganton 828-580-5000 Park Boundary Parking Roads North 0 500 1,000 Lower Tindo Loop Trails Paddy’s Creek Area Homestead Upper Tindo Loop Lower Tindo Loop West Wimba Loop East Wimba Loop 2,000 feet Homestead blaze difficulty distance Blue/White Blue Blue Orange Red easy easy easy moderate moderate 0.7 mi. 1.4 mi. 1.4 mi. 6.0 mi. 4.4 mi.
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