There are four hiking trails leading to various destinations along Lake James.
The park offers twenty picnic sites each with tables, trash receptacles and outdoor grills. Drinking water and restrooms are located nearby. A picnic shelter with 12 tables is available for group gatherings. Use of the shelter is free of charge unless reservations are requested.
There is no group camping but there are 20 sites for backpack camping 150 to 300 yards from the parking lot. Each campsite provides a fireplace with grill, a picnic table and tent space. Water is available from nearby faucets located every five sites. The washhouse is near the parking lot. Campsites are available for a modest fee and on a first-come basis. Camping is available March 15th through November 30th.
Fishing and boating are major attraction of this park. A number of nearby launching sites and marinas offer boats for rent while the park offers canoe rental from the concession stand from June 1 through Labor Day.
Park rangers are available for information about the lake and the surrounding area. Environmental Educational Learning Experience (EELE)--Water Life-Grades 2, 3, and 4. Introduces students to a lakeshore environment, focusing on the plants and animals that live there. Major concepts covered include: lakeshore, habitats, aquatic sampling, aquatic plants and animals and stewardship.
Pisgah National Forest is just moments away from this lovely state park. Pisgah offers endless opportunities for camping, hiking, viewing scenery and wildlife, picnicking, swimming and much more.