Lake James State Park, Nebo

Lake James State Park is a North Carolina state park in Burke and McDowell Counties, North Carolina in the United States. Located near Nebo, North Carolina, it covers 3644acre and borders 6510acre Lake James.
Started in 1987, Lake James State Park had 471, 566 visitors in 2014. The park added 2,915 acres purchased from Crescent Resources, which once managed Duke Energy real estate, in the Long Arm Peninsula and Paddy's Creek areas in 2005. On January 11, 2016, Governor Pat McCrory announced the addition of 129 acres with 8900 feet of shoreline. The land was purchased for $1.74 million through the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Crescent Communities (formerly Crescent Resources) had kept the land in 2005 but sold it after The Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina arranged the deal.
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  • Be prepared to walk down stairs/steep slopes to get to the walk in camp sites - worth the trip. The park is well maintained and family friendly. Great fishing and easy access to the water from the cam...  more »
  • Clean and a beautiful place to relax and swim with great views, it's a really big park with lots of trails.  more »
  • I love this place. Great swimming in the beach and cheap canoe rentals. I drive 2 hours to get to Lake James multiple times throughout the summer and always have a blast.
  • Love coming here. Very nice and helpful staff. Rental is easy and very good prices. Will always come here in the summer

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