Lake James State Park, Nebo

Lake James State Park is a North Carolina state park in Burke and McDowell Counties, North Carolina in the United States. Located near Nebo, North Carolina, it covers 3644acre and borders 6510acre Lake James.Started in 1987, Lake James State Park had 471, 566 visitors in 2014. The park added 2,915 acres purchased from Crescent Resources, which once managed Duke Energy real estate, in the Long Arm Peninsula and Paddy's Creek areas in 2005. On January 11, 2016, Governor Pat McCrory announced the addition of 129 acres with 8900 feet of shoreline. The land was purchased for $1.74 million through the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Crescent Communities (formerly Crescent Resources) had kept the land in 2005 but sold it after The Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina arranged the deal.
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  • Beautiful trail system, excellent maintenance. Trails were easy and flowy, well marked. Porta Potty located at trail head with a changing room.  more »
  • Camped here in November, my wife and I were just traveling around and camping somewhere new every night and we happened upon this place. The park has two campgrounds. One is for car campers. While the...  more »
  • The title really says it all. Had a nice 5mile hike around the lake, linking up three trails....Homestead, Paddy's and Mill Creek Loop. We didn't see one other hiker the entire time. The trail is mark...  more »
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  • This is a wonderful park. The beach, at Paddy's Creek Landing, is great for a day out. It gets a little crowded on the weekends, but during the week, even in the summer, it is peaceful. The water is not very deep, even at the boundary, which makes it great for little ones who are learning to swim. The beach itself is sandy and great for sand castles or sunbathing. I have taken multiple picnics and books here and loved it. There are rentals available during the season, May 1st-September 30th, kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards for reasonable prices. During the season there is a fee to swim-$5 for adults, $4 for kids.
  • THIS PLACE IS OUTSTANDING - We hiked 10miles on our visit, and the only had to retrace 1.5 miles!!! There are trails that our app didn't account for, and that made it all the better. It was peaceful and quiet out there. We only say a dozen people (and they were headed towards us on Mtn Bikes!) GREAT PLACE! GREAT TRAILS!! GREAT STAFF!!!
  • Beautiful park area surrounding Lake James! The facilities are incredibly well maintained. We did primitive tent camping in the Paddys Creek area, and each spot had a hand pump for fresh water, firewood available for purchase and the most well maintained bathroom and shower area I've ever seen in a state park. Plenty of things to do around here like camping, hiking, swimming, boating, etc. Definitely coming back here in the summer!
  • We love going to Lake James. We had our daughters 1st Birthday there. It's our go-to get together spot! The lake is beautiful, we enjoying fishing, swimming at the beach, and of course the grilling and picnic area!
  • Amazing. Such a peaceful lake with awesome views. Family friendly. I spent two nights at a campsite with a friend. It was a boat in campsite so we rented a canoe to get there. We had a fantastic time and will be returning for more adventuring.
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