Lake James State Park

Lake James State Park


Hours & Seasons

  • Seasons - March 15 - Nov. 30


  • 6683 NC Hwy. 126

    Nebo,   NC   28761

  • Mailing Address -

    PO Box 340

    Nebo,   NC   28761


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.

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6683 NC Hwy. 126
Nebo NC 28761


Latitude: 35° 44' 26.16" / Longitude: -81° 53' 1.6794"

Special Directions:

Off of I-40 take exit 94.
From the East(Turn Right), From the west (turn left).....Travel approximately.4 miles
Turn left onto Hwy 70 West; Travel 1.5 miles; Turn right onto Bridgewater Road; Travel 1.2 miles, take a left onto Benfield Landing Road; Follow to the end(2.1 miles); Take a left, cross over canal bridge, park just ahead on the right.

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