Lake James State Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Lake James, fed by the fine waters of the Pisgah River, is one of the cleanest, clearest lakes in the Carolinas. It also has some of the best views, as the high mountains of the Pisgah National Forest burst skyward beyond the water to the northwest. The contemporary facilities reflect Lake James State Park’s status as one of North Carolina’s newer public preserves.
The sign for the park on Interstate 40 says, “No RV Camping.” I knew then it was a likely inclusion for this book. It’s a good thing that all the turns between the interstate and the state park are signed; otherwise, finding the park would have been difficult. The campground is ideal for tent campers. Its nice bathhouse and two disabled-access campsites, 19 and 20, are immediately adjacent to the walk-in parking area. A hilltop field backs the parking area, and a foot trail takes you to the balance of the campsites."