We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 2785 Nc Hwy 126, Nebo, NC 28761-7680
Phone Number:
+1 828-584-7728
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
River Tube Adventure on the Catawba River
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 49 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 24
  • 14
    Very good
  • 5
  • 3
  • 2
Great place to spend an afternoon.

I love to get out and hike and am always looking for new spots to go. I had never been here before so I decided to check it out and I was glad that I did. There are actually 2... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 September 2016
Gilbert, Arizona
Add Photo Write a Review

49 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 48: English reviews
Nebo, North Carolina
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Beautiful clean park. It has everything from camping to swimming on a sandy beach. If it gets too hot you can picnic under a pavilion or under lots of shade covered picnic tables beside beautiful Lake James. Almost forgot to mention there are many nice places to fish.

Thank wilboy50
Gilbert, Arizona
Level Contributor
463 reviews
174 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

I love to get out and hike and am always looking for new spots to go. I had never been here before so I decided to check it out and I was glad that I did. There are actually 2 parts to the park, the Catawba River part and the Lake James portion. I stopped off at the Catawba part... More 

1 Thank EpicGuy12
Level Contributor
71 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Lake James is everything a lake should be, big, beautiful, and fun to play on and in! The state park is one of the nicest I have ever seen....sand beach, beautiful public building with dressing rooms and bathrooms, places to eat, boats to rent and a fabulous place to swim. There are great camping areas on the water that are... More 

Thank Jacque A
North Carolina
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I live five 10 minutes from this park across the lake from me. It's attractive and well maintained with walking paths, mountain biking paths and swimming area. The only shortcoming is lack of docking for boats. There are some boating campsites but not many.

Thank alaska-flyers
Summerfield NC
Level Contributor
180 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped in on Labor Day for a short visit, the office and gift shop appear to be new. The beach was clean and not real crowded. The restrooms were clean and the Park Ranger was very helpful. Thanks guys and Happy 100th Birthday NC State Parks.

Thank James G
Shelby, North Carolina
Level Contributor
33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

We had visited the old Lake James beach location a number of years back and were not impressed. We decided to give it another try, not realizing they had created this new beach location at Paddy's Creek. What a pleasant surprise! We were there on a Thursday and arrived around 11:30. The beach house was clean and in good repair.... More 

Thank oceangirl59
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

So I booked a camping site at the Catawba River site of the Lake James State park on Thursday July 21st through Sunday July 24. My mother and I planned on spending three nights blissfully enjoying summer lake camping. First off this state park does not allow alcohol, if you need that to have fun this is not your place,... More 

Thank John S
Landrum, South Carolina
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We chose to try out the boat-in camping using our kayak. The paddle was a little confusing and a little strenuous but worth it. The campsite was beautiful and private and had a perfect beach for swimming and taking our boat in and out of the water. The campground also has a pit toilet but no running water. We had... More 

Thank sarahgunter2
Level Contributor
13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

We visited the park with my family interested in the water sports offered at the Paddy's Creek area. Park is very big and it was really confusing how to access to that area since it's located on a completely different entrance to the park that's far away than the one marked as Lake James State park that had absolutely nobody... More 

3 Thank Fernanda G
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

We stayed for four nights at the Catawba sight. We are relatively frequent campers having frequented many state parks. Parking was ample including longer spots for a trailer or small boat. We stayed in spot 20 which gave us water views but too far to leave a boat by the water. Spots 4 thru 18 were mostly shaded with old... More 

1 Thank jonathan t

Travellers who viewed Lake James State Park also viewed

Nebo, North Carolina Mountains
Nebo, North Carolina Mountains
Marion, North Carolina Mountains
Marion, North Carolina Mountains

Been to Lake James State Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Lake James State Park and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
Garner, North Carolina
over a year ago

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Lake James State Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?