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Holiday booking date rules are as follows:
2 nights Minimum Stay on holiday weekend (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday)
1 night Minimum Stay on holiday weekend if the booking dates within 7 Days before Arrival Date

Rule applies to the following holiday weekends:
Memorial Day
July 4th
Labor Day

Lake James State Park, NC

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sun Jun 05 2016   Later Dates

Description

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.

Recreation:

Bring family and friends to one of North Carolina's most popular state parks for a variety of activities. Go swimming, 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.

Facilities:

Facilities include a 700-foot swim beach, bathhouse, picnic areas, camping areas, hiking and mountain biking trails, fishing piers.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Bath House
  • Dock, Boat
  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Group Grill
  • Hiking Trail
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Lantern Hanger
  • Parking
  • Picnic Table
  • Picnic Tables
  • Sinks In Restrooms
  • Trash
  • Warm Showers
  • Water Drinking
Alerts and Important Information
MORGANTON, NC

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.72871, -81.90112
35°43'43"N, 81°54'4"W

Lake James State Park is located in Burke and McDowell counties, five miles northeast of Marion on NC 126.

To get to the Paddy's Creek Area of Lake James State Park:
  • Traveling east on I-40: From I-40, take the Nebo/Lake James exit (exit 90) and head north. After a half mile, turn right onto Harmony Grove Road, and follow it for 2 miles to a stoplight. Proceed straight across the intersection and past Nebo Elementary School to a stop sign. Turn right onto NC 126, and follow the signs to the park entrance 4.8 miles on the right.
  • Traveling west on I-40: From I-40, take the Dysartsville/Lake James exit (exit 94) and head north for 0.5 mile to a stop sign. Turn left onto US 70 and follow it for 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Bridgewater Road and travel 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Benfield's Landing Road, and follow it for 2 miles to a stop sign. Turn right onto NC 126, and follow the signs to the park entrance 0.7 miles on the right.
To get to the Catawba River Area of Lake James State Park:
  • Traveling east on I-40: From I-40, take the Nebo/Lake James exit (exit 90) and head north. After a half mile, turn right onto Harmony Grove Road, and follow it for 2 miles to a stoplight. Proceed straight across the intersection and past Nebo Elementary School to a stop sign. Turn right onto NC 126, and follow the signs to the park entrance 2.3 miles on the left.
  • Traveling west on I-40: From I-40, take the Dysartsville/Lake James exit (exit 94) and head north for 0.5 miles to a stop sign. Turn left onto US 70 and follow it for 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Bridgewater Road and travel 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Benfield's Landing Road, and follow it for 2 miles to a stop sign. Turn left onto NC 126, and follow the signs to the park entrance 1.7 miles on the right.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Lake James State Park
2785 highway 126 PO Box 340
Nebo  NC  28761

Phone Number:

Information:  (828)584-7728

Special Events:

The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • Catawba RiverFest¿The Catawba RiverFest is an annual celebration sponsored by the Catawba Valley Heritage Alliance and a variety of local governmental and non-governmental organizations. The focus of the festival is to provide everyone with an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the Catawba River as well as providing an opportunity for local organizations to highlight issues impacting the river. The festival features music from local artists, food, booths from local organizations, and free canoe, kayak, and paddle board trials. on Sep 19 2015