Save the Date

  • There is no better way to start off a new year than with a hike at Lake James on Jan. 1. Meet Park Ranger Jamie Cameron for what has become a cherished holiday tradition at Lake James State Park – the First Day Hike. Whether you’re interested in starting a resolution of fitness, nature appreciation or learning about the environment, make a visit to Lake James State Park part of your family’s holiday tradition. The hike will start at the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway at 10 a.m. Bring warm clothing and be prepared to walk two miles.

  • It may seem crazy to start planning so far in advance, but no crazier than actually participating in the 2nd annual SwimRun Lake James on April 20. This endurance race pits teams of two competitors against the rest of the field and, more importantly, whatever weather is on tap for race day. Racers will navigate 2-3 miles of open water swimming and 13-14 miles of trail running (depending on final course layout). Athletes will be vetted for experience in endurance events and registrations must be received by April 1, 2019. For more information, go to NC/Nebo/SwimRunNCLakeJames

  • The 17th annual Catawba RiverFest will be held Sept. 21. There’ll be something for everyone at the Paddy’s Creek Area, with dozens of interactive and information booths representing area conservation, outdoor recreation and historic organizations. Admission to RiverFest is free. For more information, check out the Friends of Lake James State Park page on Facebook, or call the park at 828-584-7728.

NewsMolly Sandfoss