Tucked into the rolling hill country at the base of mighty Linville Gorge is Lake James, a sprawling 6,812-acre reservoir with more than 150 miles of shoreline.
Lake James State Park offers two access areas: Catawba River and Paddy's Creek. Both sections offer lake access, trails, picnic areas, and more. The
Paddy's Creek section also offers mountain biking.
Park Website: www.ncparks.gov/lake-james-state-park
WHERE: Nebo, NC
DIRECTIONS: See the state park website for specific directions to Catawba River and Paddys Creek accesses.
Let someone know where you will be and when you plan to return. On a long-distance hike, leave behind a copy of your itinerary.