Lake James State Park, Nebo
(3.9/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 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 C...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • We had a wonderful time camping and hiking at Lake James State Park. All facilities were super clean for a campground. There was not a bad camping spot (we were in the Paddy's Creek area) and the Bear Boxes worked beautifully for additional storage. The only reason I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars was because my husband and his friend fished several times over the weekend and never caught anything. We didn't realize Lake James is known as the "Dead Sea of NC". Also, as an FYI there were no strenuous hikes. But as far as the campground goes, you couldn't ask for a better experience!
  • Such a beautiful and exceptionally well maintained campgrounds. We stayed at Paddys Creek Campground. Perhaps the most pristine campgrounds I've ever been to. $5 to rent a canoe or kayak on Lake James and Linville Gorge hikes are just 25 minutes away.
  • I was told that two nights were not guaranteed after spending 30 minutes driving between the 3 camping offices to pay for the site. After the fuss, we were told to set up camp and pay in the morning. We were then told by the camp host that we needed to pay before the morning. The facilities were great and the view from the campsites were beautiful. I definitely recommend having a reservation to guarantee not being kicked out of your site.
  • Great for family, clean swimming area. Life jackets provided is a plus! Clean bathrooms and changing facilities. Reasonable admission fee when lifeguard on duty. Canoes and kayaks are also available for rental.
  • Very well maintained. Canoe an kayak rental. Will return.