A sprawling trail system awaits you in the park, with routes that will satisfy all experience levels. From the sweet scent of azalea in spring to the soothing autumnal colors of fall, whatever season you decide to visit, you'll be immersed in natural beauty and scenic vistas. And with plenty of well-furnished cabins in Lake James State Park, you'll have somewhere comfy to put up your feet each evening.
This flat, 750m trail is ideal for beginners and includes a variety of interactive educational stops for young hikers. Be enchanted as you pass through the riparian forest, close by to Paddy's Creek.
This 1.5-mi. trail is rated as moderate difficulty and gives you the opportunity to explore the Catawba River Area. Spectacular views across Lake James and Linville Gorge from the overlook make this route an insiders' tip.
A 1-mi. route of moderate difficulty, this trail takes hikers along the pretty Lake James shoreline. Ending up at the mouth of Paddy's Creek, hikers will have the chance to explore the ancient forests that make this park so unique.
Stay in one of the excellent hotels near Lake James State Park and have the park within easy reach - perfect for families who want to get straight into the action. From fishing courses to canoe excursions, there are endless opportunities to soak up the stunning surroundings, while enjoying quality family time.
Powerboats, sailboats, and pontoon boats are all welcome on Lake James, with boat ramps located at Hidden Cove and Canal Bridge. It is also possible to hire canoes and kayaks, with organized tours and excursions available for those who want to learn more about the park.
Paddy's Creek offers vacationers a chance to enjoy the crystal clear lake waters, with lifeguards on duty during specific times. Swimming is also allowed when there are no lifeguards on duty and is completely free of charge.
A variety of aquatic habitats in the lake and at the confluence of the Linville and Catawba rivers make for great fishing in the park. For aspiring anglers, the park also organizes a variety of educational events where you can get instruction and pro tips on how to fish.