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Highlights Lake James

  • Fishing
  • Hiking trails
  • Swimming
  • Lake Beach

Best Vacation Rentals in Lake James

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Mcdowell County
Vacation Rental • 2207 ft² • 3 Bedrooms
(58 reviews)
*** WE DO NOT ALLOW PETS***SORRY NO EXCEPTIONS our staff has allergies to dogs and cats. We have an indoor jetted jacuzzi tub in master bathroom. Appalachian Dream was built in 2010. This spacious property has 3 bedrooms, and 3.5 bathrooms and enough sleeping arrangements for up to 8 guests to spread out comfortably throughout an impressive 2,214 square feet of living space, making it an ideal accommodation choice for a family or group of close friends looking for the ultimate mountain experience. You will feel true mountain living the moment you step inside the cabin's beautiful interior, ...
from $220 / night
Burke County
Vacation Rental • 1496 ft² • 3 Bedrooms
(10 reviews)
Lake James Mountain Getaway with Private Dock and Kayaks Located 50 miles east of Asheville and 80 miles west of Charlotte, Lake James is a 6800+acre lake nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountain. Go swimming and kayaking or enjoy a quiet picnic on the private dock. Rent a boat, water ski or fish in the lake's cool mountain waters, or take a hike through one of the many trails in the nearby Lake James State Park. Avid golfers can check out the local Marion Lake Club Golf Course, a beautiful public golf course with lake views and an active railroad running through it! Enjoy nearby...
from $403 / night
Nebo, Mcdowell County
Vacation Rental • 2992 ft² • 4 Bedrooms
(17 reviews)
Newer custom home in The Arbors, a private and gated community on beautiful Lake James NC. This spacious custom lakefront home has all the room and amenities to accommodate one or two families very comfortably. The main level of the house has an open concept with a living and dining areas, a fully equipped kitchen, a laundry room and two bedrooms. There’s a grilling porch off the kitchen with a Weber gas grill. The level also has a comfortably furnished covered porch overlooking the lake with beautiful lake and mountain views; you’ll really enjoy having a morning coffee an afternoon nap or ...
from $454 / night

Prices and availability

Vacation rental prices Lake James

$261for 10 Dec - 17 Dec
$318 annual average
Average price per week

Vacation rentals availability Lake James

63%for 10 Dec - 17 Dec
66% annual average
Percentage of available rentals

Vacation rentals in Lake James

A peaceful lakeside getaway

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

Arriving in Lake James

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

Lake James for families

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.

Top 5 travel tips in Lake James

1. Explore the walking trails around the lake

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.

FAQs: Vacation Rentals in Lake James

How much do you pay, on average, for vacation rentals in Lake James?

Considering the average cost of $406 per night, Lake James lies at the upper end of the price range for vacation rentals in the USA.

Which months allow you to save the most on vacation rentals?

Those who want to be budget-friendly should travel to Lake James in March, February, or January, which are the months that offer the most discount, with average prices of $303, $319, and $379 per night, respectively, based on the previous year.

During which months are vacation rentals more expensive in Lake James?

When it comes to looking for a vacation rental in Lake James, the most expensive months are, in order of highest to lowest, June, November and December, with average prices per night of $456, $444, and $437, respectively.

Is Lake James a good location for a last-minute getaway?

If you decide to put Lake James on your bucket list, we suggest organizing your visit well in advance because it is usually very high in demand, with an annual average of 75% of rentals booked the previous year.

What time of the year can I find more available vacation rentals?

The best months to find available accommodation in Lake James are January (the average amount of properties that are available reached 59% of the total last year), February (45%), and December (34%).

How many rentals are there in Lake James?

Holidu works with 2 different partners to give you a choice between 60 vacation rentals we have in Lake James.

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