The Catawba Falls trail will close on May 2, 2022, and remain closed until spring of 2023. The popular Old Fort area trail will be closed for 9-12 months to ensure the safety of the public and construction crews building retaining walls, boardwalks, staircases, and overlooks. Click the "Play" icon to find alternative waterfall and hiking trails.

Dec. 2, 2016, 11:37 a.m.

December Special Events!


During the winter months, do you suffer from "nature deficit disorder?" Well, we can help! Our event calendar is filled with weekend, guided outdoor activites.  NC State Park Rangers share their knowledge of plants, animals and seasonal phenomenon on guided walks inside our Lake James State Parks.  These events are free, fun and informative!

Other December events include wine, art and music.  Don't forget, New Year's Eve in downtown Marion!  The streets fill up with celebratory visitors and residents playing outdoor games, tasty treats and carriage rides.  Our event calendar provides the details!  Make a reservation, soon.