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


At the base of Linville Gorge you will find a 6,812 acre lake with more than 150 miles of shoreline. Scenic vistas of the Appalachian Mountains with two state parks wooded acres for picnicking, swimming, canoeing, camping and hiking. Put in your boat at Black Bear Boat Access Area, Linville Access Area, or Hidden Cove Access Area. Lake James State Park - Catawba Section includes 565 acres with hiking trails, primitive camp sides and picnic areas. Just down the road, you'll find the larger, Paddy's Creek Section with more than 3,000 acres, a swimming beach, canoe rentals additional picnic space including two, covered picnic shelters with 12 tables each and additional hiking trails and off-road bicycle trails. Fees to apply for picnic shelter and canoe and kayak rentals in addition to a fee to use the swimming beach.

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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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