Lake James State Park

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Lake James State Park


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  • Seasons - February - November
  • Hours - Day Use Areas: Dec-Feb: 7-7 Mar, Apr & Oct: 7-9 May - Sep: 7-10; Nov: 7-8 - Swim/Concession/Kayak & Canoe Rentals: 10-6 May 1-Sep 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 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.

Lake James State Park offers a full menu of activities. 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.

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6683 NC Hwy. 126
Nebo NC 28761


Latitude: 35° 45' 37.4502" / Longitude: -81° 54' 24.6816"

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); To go to Paddy's Creek Area -Take a right, cross over canal bridge, park will be just ahead on the right. To go to Catawba River Area take a left, go approximately 2 miles, park will be on the right.

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