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Lake James State Park and Campground

"Last of the Mohicans" and "Hunt for Red October" were filmed along the shores of this picturesque lake. Two park sites, the Catawba Section or the Paddy's Creek Section offer picnicking, swimming, canoe and kayak rentals, biking trails and hiking along spectacular Lake James.

Tent camping sites only.  Call to reserve covered picnic areas and to ask about special, guided weekend events.

Boat access is also found at Bear Creek Marina or Black Bear Landing on the north side of the lake, Hidden Cove Access Area near Lake James State Park off NC 126 and Canal Bridge at the McDowell-Burke county line on NC 126. p sites only.