Explore the most popular hiking trails in Lake James State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

walking
22 days ago

nice short loop and two easy trails up to overlooks of shortoff and the gorge across the lake . pretty picnic and swimming area

Did hike ( walk) due to the fact it was close by and could be done with out any prep work. It was definitely geared toward kids and the learning aspect of knowing a little more about nature . Would definitely bring my young nieces and nephews next time. Took us about 15 min to walk it.

One of my favorite trails.... There are a few to choose from but I usually do the longest one at just over 3 miles. Plenty of markers to follow and the trail has always been well maintained. I just went again this morning and brought my Labrador with me. I only saw one person just before we started. Waited about 10 to 15 minutes and never ran into anyone. Very peaceful hiking experience. It does tend to get more populated as we head into the warmer months. This is one of my "go to" places and visit quite frequently throughout the year. Our family also enjoys camping and kayaking at this particular state park as well.

hiking
6 months ago

Really well marked trail follow the red triangles on the trees

Fun for our pups very serene and not busy

Ends up in a wooden dock on the water pretty cool

I’m out of shape and this was not super easy for me but definitely doable so don’t be afraid if you’re not in peak fighting fitness to do this trail

Easy trail through some forested areas with good views of the lake and the mountains.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

We were headed down I-40 and saw Lake James State Park sign, so thought we'd take a quick side trip to check it out. After a few turns we came to the Catawba entrance, went down to the parking lot and saw the "trail" sign. The trail has a loop and some finger out and backs. We went down the finger that started at the sign next to the HCP parking space. Nice wide fairly flat trail that goes to a split rail fence with some caution signs and an overlook platform that is at the top of a dirt cliff. Interesting to see how many trees have fallen into the lake due to erosion, storms, etc. We took the rest of the trail to the left down to the water's edge with a great view of the lake, mountains behind, and those lucky folks with houses across the lake. On the way back took a right turn down the short path to a beach area with another nice view. Great place for a stroll if you are in the vicinity or camping, but not really a destination hike.

trail running
16 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

mountain biking
2 months ago

walking
8 months ago

walking
Monday, July 03, 2017

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

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