Tucked away in the rolling hills near Nebo, North Carolina, Lake James State Park offers a smorgasbord of outdoor activities. With more than 3,600 acres to explore, it's a park you'll want to come back to again and again.
The highlight of any visit is undoubtedly the 6,510-acre lake which borders the park. Fed by the cool mountain waters of the Linville and Catawba rivers, Lake James draws anglers from far and wide hoping to catch a variety of gamefish. Canoes and kayaks are available to rent seasonally, while there's also a designated swimming area at Paddy's Creek.
Lake James State Park also boasts an extensive trail system that covers approximately 25 miles. Hikers and mountain bikers are both catered for, so there are plenty of opportunities to raise a sweat and explore the spectacular scenery on foot.
If you're planning on staying a night or three, camping is available at the Catawba River Area, the Paddy's Creek Area and on the Long Arm Peninsula. There are 20 walk-in campsites located on or near the shoreline at the Catawba River Area, and it's a hike of between 150 and 300 yards to the sites. Each reservable site also features a fire pit, picnic table, and space for a six-person tent.
If you've packed a stack of camping gear, one of the 33 drive-in sites at the Paddy's Creek Area might be more your style. Alternatively, those looking for something even more remote can opt for one of 30 paddle-in campsites on the Long Arm Peninsula.
Dogs are welcome on all sites, provided you abide by the park's pet rules. These include keeping your furry friend on a leash of six feet or less, ensuring they're well behaved and controlled at all times, and remembering to always dispose of their waste.
Lake James State Park is well worth a visit for dog lovers looking for a taste of outdoor adventure. Make sure you add it to your dog's list of paw-some pet-friendly camping spots.