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Vacation rentals in Lake James
Lake James is a 6,812-acre lake in Western North Carolina. The lake is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, dense forests, and untouched nature. It’s the perfect peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The lake offers a wide range of unique outdoor activities and natural offerings to its visitors. Families, couples, and groups of friends can enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, mountain biking, and swimming. The best times to visit are between May and September for the warmest temperatures and plenty of sunshine.Finding your perfect Lake James vacation rental
Enjoy the ultimate lakeside getaway at a vacation rental in Lake James. The North Carolina lake is home to a wide range of rental options, with something for every type of traveler. Stay in a modern rental with a wrap-around balcony and stunning views of the water. Although rentals are tucked away in nature near the forested and waterfront areas of the lake, you’ll still get to enjoy a wide range of modern conveniences. Rentals are equipped with high-speed internet, fully functioning kitchens, televisions, air-conditioning, and washer/dryers. Pet-friendly rentals are available for people traveling with pets.
Vacations in Lake James
The area and getting around
The closest airport to Lake James is Asheville Regional Airport, which offers domestic flights and is around an hour away from the lake. The closest major airport to the lake is Charlotte Douglas International Airport which offers a plethora of daily flights from numerous cities and airlines, and has both domestic and international flight options.Getting around Lake James
Lake James is conveniently located between the large cities of Charlotte and Asheville, both of which are around 1.5-hours from the lake. The small, charming towns of Marion and Morganton are just a short driving distance from the lake and both offer a variety of shopping and dining options. Having a private car is absolutely necessary for getting around during your time at Lake James since it spans such a large area.
Travelers and activities
Head to the nearby small-town of Marion where you can explore the Linville Caverns. Families of all ages will enjoy seeing the spectacular rock formations during the cave tour. While you’re in Marion, stop by English Farmstead Cheese to pick up delicious homemade cheeses and try the homemade products at Sweet Betsy Farm.Lake James for fishing enthusiasts
Fishing at Lake James is a wildly popular activity. You can either fish from the shores or from a boat. Fishing boat rentals and guided fishing tours are available around the lake. Bass, crappie, stripers, pike, muskie, and catfish are popular types of fish caught here. Early mornings and late afternoons are the best times to cast a line, just be sure to carry your fishing license with you at all times!
Lake James boasts over 150 miles of shoreline.
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One of the best ways to see the stunning nature around the lake is to set out on foot. Lake James is home to over 25 miles of scenic hiking and walking trails. Stop by the Visitor Center to learn more about the different hiking trail options and to find out which ones are suitable for you and your travel companions.2. Enjoy a beach day on the lake
Swim and soak up the sun rays at Paddy’s Creek beach on Lake James. There’s a long stretch of golden sands where you can throw down a beach towel or place your sun umbrella. The swimmable waters offer the perfect opportunity to cool off from the hot summer sun. There’s a concession stand and ample parking as well.3. Enjoy water activities
Getting out on the water is one of the best ways to experience the lake. Rent kayaks, pontoon boats, or stand-up paddleboards and explore the calm waters of the lake. You can find rentals in the Paddy’s Creek area as well as at a variety of other outdoor rental outfitters around the lake.4. Enjoy mountain biking around the lake
Lake James is a popular destination of choice for those who enjoy mountain biking. The lake boasts 15 miles of biking trails. Trails include a 4-mile trail for beginners, an 11-mile intermediate trail, and some other options for advanced bikers.5. Have a scenic lakeside picnic
There are several picnic areas around the lake where you can enjoy a scenic picnic with your family, friends, or significant other. Picnic sites can be found in the Paddy’s Creek area, as well as at Catawba River. Picnic sites are equipped with grills, tables, benches, trash cans, drinking water stations, and restrooms.