Paddy's Creek Adds New Campground


drive-in campling Lake James State Park is growing!   The new, drive-in campground at the Paddy’s Creek Area opened in late May and has been a great resource for folks looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life for a couple of days.  The 33 sites each come with a picnic table, a fire pit with a grilling grate, a food locker and a lantern hook.  There is room for a modest, 6-person tent and parking for two passenger vehicles.

The campground is equipped with a full-service shower house and dishwashing station that is centrally located between two campground loops. On most days, volunteer campground hosts are on duty to direct visitors to their sites, sell firewood and answer questions about the park and the surrounding area. “We are excited about the new campground at the Paddy’s Creek Area,” said Lake James State Park Superintendent Nora Coffey. “The facility is top notch and it gives people another option on what type of camping they want to experience. The Catawba River Area walk-in campground is still our flagship, but we recognized that some campers would rather have their vehicles and additional comforts from home closer to their tents.”

The number of available campsites at Lake James State Park has jumped from just 20 in June, 2015 to 83 less than one year later. To make a reservation at any of the Lake James State Park campgrounds, visit or call the reservations desk at 1-877-722-6762.

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