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Lake James State Park

2785 Nc Hwy 126, Nebo, NC 28761-7680
+1 828-584-7728
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2785 Nc Hwy 126, Nebo, NC 28761-7680
+1 828-584-7728
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Reviewed yesterday

Lake James is truly a great place to relax. From swimming to boating to fishing and camping and everything between Lake James is the place to get away. Campsites are excellent with fire pit and pads for tents. They also have sites for travel trailers....More

Thank Duck240
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful lake! Gorgeous surroundings and really nice fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, camping, but very limited swimming. Really limited! It is a shame in my opinion. They have so much to offer with what should be lovely swimming areas but they have designated...More

Thank Mootheart
Reviewed 12 May 2017

This site was so much fun. we camped right next to the water. campsite # 12. You do have to walk a little distance to the site, but they provide a wheel barrow is you need it. Bathrooms were clean. Cicada everywhere though, but they...More

1  Thank Michelle P
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Lake James State Park has tons of stuff to do and lots of trails. We chose the area called Paddy's Creek, near the swimming area, to start our hike around a portion of the lake. We didn't hike the complete trail, but took a 30...More

Thank TammyS61
Reviewed 12 April 2017

In my quest to visit all NC state parks, I visited this park in the Spring. Nice trails for more leisurely hikes. Several tent campers were there. Good water sites available for tent camping. Very beautiful lake. Nice swim area and picnic sites.

Thank rlwhite2003
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Lake James State Park has a pristine beach for swimming with beautiful views of the lake and mountains, hiking and biking trails, and ranger-led hikes. The restrooms are clean and plentiful, as are gazebos for gatherings and cooking. There are canoes and kayaks to rent....More

Thank 1TALK1
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Beautiful clean park. It has everything from camping to swimming on a sandy beach. If it gets too hot you can picnic under a pavilion or under lots of shade covered picnic tables beside beautiful Lake James. Almost forgot to mention there are many nice...More

Thank wilboy50
Reviewed 18 September 2016

I love to get out and hike and am always looking for new spots to go. I had never been here before so I decided to check it out and I was glad that I did. There are actually 2 parts to the park, the...More

1  Thank EpicGuy12
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Lake James is everything a lake should be, big, beautiful, and fun to play on and in! The state park is one of the nicest I have ever seen....sand beach, beautiful public building with dressing rooms and bathrooms, places to eat, boats to rent and...More

Thank Jacque A
Reviewed 12 September 2016

I live five 10 minutes from this park across the lake from me. It's attractive and well maintained with walking paths, mountain biking paths and swimming area. The only shortcoming is lack of docking for boats. There are some boating campsites but not many.

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Russell P
15 July 2017|
Response from 1TALK1 | Reviewed this property |
You can not kayak from Lake James to Judges, which is on the Catawba River below the lake. There is a hydroelectric dam between the lake and the river below. If you want to go to Judges by kayak, you can put in at the... More
21 May 2017|
Response from 1TALK1 | Reviewed this property |
Just got an updated Lake James State Park map. They have 30 boat-in camping sites where you can secure your boat. The sites are from L1 to L30 and is on what is called the Long Arm Peninsula. Not sure about beaching your... More