Nature Notes

Nature Notes

Not many folks think the dead of winter can be productive for nature watching, but when you’re at a lake in western North Carolina it can be one of the very best seasons, especially if you happen to be a birdwatcher. Species of birds that are attracted to Lake James in winter are often here […]

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LJSP Trails

LJSP Trails

CATAWBA RIVER AREA: Fishing Pier Trail (0.3 mile, easy) Fox Den Loop Trail (2.25 miles, moderate) Lake Channel Overlook Trail (1.5 miles, moderate) Sandy Cliff Overlook Trail (0.5 mile, easy) PADDY’S CREEK AREA: Holly Discovery Trail (0.75 mile, easy) Mill’s Creek Trail (3.6 miles, moderate) Overmountain Victory Trail (2.0 mile, moderate) Paddy’s Creek Trail (2.0 […]

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Park Celebrates 100-year Anniversary with RiverFest/Triathlon

Park Celebrates 100-year Anniversary with RiverFest/Triathlon

Perfect weather coupled with a great reason to celebrate met happily at Lake James State Park Sept. 17 with the 13th annual Catawba RiverFest. To make the day even more festive, McDowell Trails Association put on its Lake James Triathlon earlier in the day. In addition, the statewide 100-year anniversary of North Carolina State Parks […]

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Nature Notes

Nature Notes

The march of the seasons is undeniable and evidence is all around us. Fall and winter are fantastic times to visit Lake James State Park, with air temperatures just perfect for hiking in the woods, birds and animals active throughout the daytime as they search for food and open vistas of the lake and surrounding […]

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Familiar Face:  Linda Lake

Familiar Face: Linda Lake

Anyone who visits Lake James State Park when the Paddy’s Creek Area swim beach is open (May – September) knows the bathhouse breezeway can be a hopping place. Weekend and holiday crowds gather under the archway to purchase swim bands, grab a cold drink or an ice cream, rent a canoe or gather with family […]

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Year Round Camping

Year Round Camping

In the nearly 30-year history of Lake James State Park, the camping season has run from March through the end of November. All that is about to change as the park and its 83 campsites become available year round effective immediately. Cold weather campers can choose from the walk-in sites at the Catawba River Area, […]

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