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Lake James convenient proximity between the bustling city of Charlotte and vibrant mountain culture of Asheville makes it an ideal setting for the ultimate mountain escape. With over 150 miles of shoreline and stunning views of the Linville Gorge Wilderness, Lake James is an idyllic location to enjoy water sports, boating, or to enjoy a hike at Lake James State Park.

Other activities that you can enjoy at and around Lake James, include:

  • Nearby hiking options include Lake James State Park, Linville Gorge Wildnerness, Pisgah National Forest and South Mountains State Park and the Fonta Flora Trail
  • Lake James State Park offers over 15 miles of mountain biking trails in the Paddy's Creek recreation area
  • There are two public boat ramps located at Hidden Cove and Canal Bridge which offers access for power boats, sailboats and smaller boats. Kayaks and canoes are also available to rent at the park

In terms of dining and drinks on or around the lake, The Bear Creek Marina & Grill is open Thursday through Sunday and offers food and drink. Fonta Flora Brewery -- Whippoorwill Farm has a location on Lake James and is a great spot to grab a beer and food from their food truck. 

Lake James is also neighbored by the quaint towns of Morganton and Marion that offer a variety of dining and shopping options. Check out our Lake James activities page for more information on area activities.  

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