Save the Date

  • The annual Lake James Clean Up is scheduled for March 23. Volunteers are needed to help with this massive effort to remove trash from the Burke County shoreline of the lake and areas within the state park. Information will soon be available at the Community of Lake James Facebook page, or you can call Howard Morgan at 828- 438-7003 to talk about volunteering.

  • The Fonta Flora 50k and Half Marathon will be held along the trails and banks of Lake James State Park in North Carolina. Come and enjoy the gentle rolling trails along the banks of Lake James and experience mountain scenery without mountainous trails. The race will start and finish at Fonta Flora Brewery’s Whippoorwill Farm in Nebo, NC in the shadow of Shortoff Mountain and the Linville Gorge. After you finish this beautiful half, enjoy a pint at the brewery! Portions of proceeds from the event will go to the further development of trails around Lake James, including the currently under construction Fonta Flora State Trail! For more information, go to

  • The Lake James International, which is part of the AAA North Carolina Triathlon Series, will be returning to Lake James State Park on April 6. The series, which is celebrating its 21st anniversary in 2019, has been recognized as the premier statewide triathlon series in the U.S. This year’s race will consist of a 1500 meter swim, a 24.4 mile bike and a 10K run. For more information, go to LakeJamesInternational.

  • The 2nd annual SwimRun Lake James on April 20. This endurance race pits teams of two 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 the final course layout). Athletes will be vetted for experience in endurance events and registrations must be received by April 1. For more information, go to