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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, 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 include a 700-foot swim beach, bathhouse, picnic areas, camping areas, hiking and mountain biking trails, fishing piers.
NOTE : Gate access for campers
Gates will be locked at posted times. Campers may obtain after-hours access by request or by referencing the combination code provided on their confirmation or receipt.
All visitors not spending the night will need to be out by closing time. If you have an emergency, call 911 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and construction projects, visitor restrictions and park status may change. Please check our website, www.ncparks.gov/lake-james-state-park/home, for more updates. Mailing Address
Lake James State Park
PO Box 340
Nebo NC 28761
Physical Address : Paddys Creek Access
Lake James State Park
7321 NC Highway 126
Nebo NC 28761
Physical Address : Catawba River Access
Lake James State Park
2785 NC Highway 126
Nebo NC 28761

Lake James State Park camping trips are easy to plan with ReserveAmerica. Lake James State Park campground reservations can be made online. Click one of the links below to see available campsites at Lake James State Park or day pass availability.