The community of Nebo sits along the shores of picturesque Lake James, nestled into the eastern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Find outdoor adventure and opportunities to kick back and relax amid stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains.
Lake James State Park’s two recreational areas — the Catawba River Area and Paddy’s Creek Area — invite visitors to boat, swim, paddle and fish across 6,812 acres of cool mountain water. Fourteen trails offer more than 30 miles of hiking and biking adventures, including the family-friendly Holly Discovery Trail and the historic Overmountain Victory Trail. Check out our guide to Lake James State Park.
Take a swing at the Marion Lake Club, the only golf course on Lake James, or drive over to Bear Creek Marina on the north shore to enjoy a bite to eat and a cold beverage on the deck overlooking the lake.
Follow the Blue Ridge Traveler’s Craft Spirit Trail through Nebo to sample locally crafted beers and wines. Stop at South Creek Vineyards and Winery for a tasting or tour, or to enjoy weekly live music performances. Order a pint of craft beer or hard cider at Mica Town Brewing’s “Stop and Sip” taproom, or take a trip to Fonta Flora Brewery’s Whippoorwill Farm
Sometimes travel treasures are found cycling the back roads. Lake James' rolling hills share unexpected views of the Linville Mountains framing this amazing body of water.
Set aside two hours or so to enjoy this scenic drive through the Nebo and Lake James area on this self-guided loop tour of Lake James and Pisgah National Forest. Expect the unexpected!