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Nice Park

The park is well maintained and has a nice beach on the lake. Also, a good place for kids to swim... read more

Reviewed July 28, 2018
Shalimar, Florida
Kayak on the James

The best spot we found to put in was at the Hidden Cove boat ramp. Wasn't busy and you can easily... read more

Reviewed July 3, 2018
Greenville, North Carolina
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2785 Nc Hwy 126, Nebo, NC 28761-7680
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Reviewed November 5, 2018

Paddys Creek drive-in camping area is a nicely maintained and well appointed campground. Tent pads are flat, fire pits are continuously cleaned, picnic tables have been kept in good condition. The bathhouse stayed very clean, there was always hot water and I loved the dishwashing...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank R A B
Reviewed November 3, 2018

Lake James State Park is a scenic venue at the Paddy's Creek area to host a Dragonboat race. The rangers were vigilant in answering questions, making sure the nice facilities were stocked, and looking out for the welfare of the guests and racers. The wildflower...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 5, 2018 via mobile

This place could be one of the best in the state with some maintenance. Visited here numerous times before and never have experienced the conditions that were here on this trip. Floors were dirty, trash was overflowing, sinks were filthy, bugs were all over the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Duck240
Reviewed August 15, 2018

Unless you are a physically fit pack mule that can carry or navigate (with a broken wheel barrow supplied by the park) your gear down steep, curving, high rise flights of steps that go on forever. We only made it half-way down to site 16....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank soriguana
Reviewed July 28, 2018

The park is well maintained and has a nice beach on the lake. Also, a good place for kids to swim and play in a large roped off area. Many activities in the area.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jwillfl
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

See attached picture Park hour 7:00am to 9:00pm, First stop Linville Gorge looking at Short off mountain and to the right in the photo table rock mountain there are 4 picnic tables. Next on my trip was a nature walk Holly discovery Trail a short...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank T5852AG-Dennis
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Something for everyone! Camping, Hiking, lakeside beach too. Clean, well staffed & maintained, canoe & kayak rentals at affordable hourly rates

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Rebecca C
Reviewed July 4, 2018 via mobile

We had a great time here. Entrance fee is $5 for adults and $4 for kids. That’s less than half of what we payed at Lake Lure beach. Also, the water was much cleaner and also quite a bit warmer than Lake Lure. The beach...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank margaretlea
Reviewed July 3, 2018

The best spot we found to put in was at the Hidden Cove boat ramp. Wasn't busy and you can easily get in and out. We stuck close to the edge to view the wildlife and nature.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank davepdavis
Reviewed July 2, 2018

We love Lake James! The camping is fun and the sites are clean what more could you want! Great weekend getaway!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Emily T
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Sandra B
August 28, 2018|
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Response from T5852AG-Dennis | Reviewed this property |
5786 Benfield Landing Road Nebo, NC 28761 tel:(828)-584-0190 This should help, enjoy. Make sure you go to the beach when you are there. I hope this was helpful 👍🏻
Russell P
July 15, 2017|
Response from 1TALK1 | Reviewed this property |
You can not kayak from Lake James to Judges, which is on the Catawba River below the lake. There is a hydroelectric dam between the lake and the river below. If you want to go to Judges by kayak, you can put in at the... More
May 21, 2017|
Response from 1TALK1 | Reviewed this property |
Just got an updated Lake James State Park map. They have 30 boat-in camping sites where you can secure your boat. The sites are from L1 to L30 and is on what is called the Long Arm Peninsula. Not sure about beaching your... More
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Hollywood, Florida
Lake James State Park (1 Replies)
Where is Lake James State Park from Marion? What kind of place is this? I have a reunion picnic there Sunday! Is it on a beach there? Isi t accessable by boats?
August 15, 2007|
Response fromgogogadgetravel|
I am from wilmington so I'm not sure how to get there from Marion. If you like quiet wilderness, you will love Lake James. It's beautiful. the "beach" is not very big, but it's good enough. the lake is HUGE. the park is clean and beautiful. You should have a great reunion. Have Fun!!