Year of the Spider:  Trapdoor Spiders

Year of the Spider: Trapdoor Spiders

Concluding N.C. State Parks’ Year of the Spider, the last group of spiders we will explore are the trapdoor spiders. These members of the Ctenizidae family get their name from the “doors” they construct to cover their burrows. Female trapdoor spiders, like other spider species, are larger than their male counterparts. Ranging from 1-inch to […]

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Nature Notes

Nature Notes

The holiday season is upon us, but don’t forget to visit Lake James State Park in the midst of all the hustle and bustle. Late fall and early winter are fantastic seasons to hike the trails in search of flora and fauna. The leaves on the deciduous trees have fallen to the ground, opening up […]

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Park Celebrates 30 Years

Park Celebrates 30 Years

Thirty years ago, McDowell and Burke counties joined together to have a state park created on Lake James. In a team effort between both chambers of commerce and county commissions, the counties lobbied their state representatives for funding for a park. The park was dedicated in 1987. The original Catawba River Area that features Fox […]

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Help Enhance Lake James State Park
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Help Enhance Lake James State Park

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Sea Tests for Young Boat Builders Successful
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Sea Tests for Young Boat Builders Successful

  Catherine Gamewell, a rising junior at Patton High School, makes the turn in her homemade boat at the Lake James State Park swim beach. Gamewell and other students at Patton High School were participating in Paul Gantt’s Engineering Camp. “I had a blast,” said Gamewell of the first-time camp. “It’s been awesome.”

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2nd Annual Lake James Dragon Boat Festival
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2nd Annual Lake James Dragon Boat Festival

Save the Date! Don’t miss the fantastic camaraderie and visual spectacle of the Lake James Dragon Boat Festival, Sept. 30, at the Paddy’s Creek Area of Lake James State Park. Teams from across the Southeast will gather at the swim beach from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. to compete in this ancient Chinese tradition. It’s […]

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