Area Attractions

There's Much to Experience Around Lake James!

Fonta Flora State Trail

Authorized in 2015, the Fonta Flora State Trail will connect Morganton to Asheville with a hiking and biking trail. Included in the trail is a loop around Lake James.

The trail will traverse Lake James Camping Resort, part of Pisgah National Forest and Fonta Flora County Park in Burke County. It will also connect to the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail and the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail.

Fonta Flora Trail Map

Pisgah National Forest

Water enthusiasts beware…you may really like this place. One of the prettiest lakes in the Carolinas, Lake James offers stunning views and is famous for being a filming location of “The Last of the Mohicans” and “The Hunt for the Red October”. The Pisgah National Forest entrance is approximately 25 minutes from Lake James Camping Resort.
Bald Eagle in flight

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate is a historic house museum and tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore House, the main residence, is a Châteauesque-style mansion built for George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet of floor space (135,280 square feet of living area). Still owned by George Vanderbilt's descendants, it remains one of the most prominent examples of Gilded Age mansions. Approximately 45 minutes from Lake James Camping Resort.
Biltmore Estate

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is America’s most visited National Park unit and is known as “America’s favorite drive.” Its 469 miles connect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Along the way, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers stunning views of the Blue Ridge mountains, forests, and pastoral landscapes, with abundant hiking trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, and interpretive signage. Approximately 50 minutes from Lake James Camping Resort.
Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina

Linville Caverns

Experience the wonders that nature created on the “inside of a mountain”. Linville Caverns provides guided tours into Humpback Mountain take visitors along a smooth walkway beside an underground stream. Stalactites, stalagmites, a vast array of mineral colors, the “Bottomless Pool,” and a glimpse of total darkness are all part of this underground trip. Approximately 45 minutes from Lake James Camping Resort.
Linville Caverns, NC

Linville Gorge

This North Carolina Attraction is touted as “The Grand Canyon of North Carolina” Linville Gorge offers an average depth of 1,400 feet, and is a haven for both the beginner and experienced hiker. Linville Gorge is the home of the Peregrine Falcon, the world’s fastest animal Located off of 221 just minutes off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Approximately 60 minutes from Lake James Camping Resort.
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Linville Falls

This North Carolina Attraction is definitely worth the visit. Linville Falls is the most photographed waterfall in North Carolina. The falls move in several distinct steps, beginning in a twin set of upper falls, moving down a small gorge, and finally culminating in a high-volume 90-foot drop. Linville Falls has the highest volume of any waterfall on the Northern Edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Approximately 60 minutes from Lake James Camping Resort.
Linville Falls

The Orchard at Altapass

The Orchard offers up family fun by the bushels! While you tap your toes to our authentic mountain music, get served up fabulous ice cream and famous Orchard fudge, made fresh by Miss Charlotte right in the Orchard shop. Children can watch the entire lifecycle ofMonarch Butterflies at our Butterfly Conservation Center as well as thousands of our busy tree pollinators in the the Orchard beehive. Approximately 45 minutes from Lake James Camping Resort.
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Chimney Rock Park and Lake Lure

Chimney Rock is the natural fulfillment of your trip to the mountains. Take a deep breath of refreshing mountain air, become invigorated by our hiking trails, and let your cares fade away in the cool mists of Hickory Nut Falls. This is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and spend time with family and friends. The Park, located 25 miles southeast of Asheville, North Carolina, offers the best of the mountains in one place-spectacular 75-mile views, hiking trails for all ages, a 404-foot waterfall, a variety of special events and much more. Approximately 65 minutes from Lake James Camping Resort.
Chimney Rock North Carolina

Catawba River Greenway and Beanstalk Journey Zip-Lining

Looking for a great place to bike without the worry of unmarked paths and trails? Catawba Greenway is a great destination for any family looking to do biking along the beautiful Catawba River. Offering wide-paved, bike paths along the Catawba, and only 20 minutes from Hidden Creek. Biking not enough to get you razzled? Come play in the sky at Beanstalk Journeys. The perfect blend of zip line tours and rope courses, navigate your way across 15 interconnected islands in the sky, experience the sky like never before. Approximately 25 minutes from Lake James Camping Resort.

Grandfather Mountain

Experience vistas a mile above sea level on this North Carolina Attractions legendary Mile High Swinging Bridge. Grandfather Mountain towers 5,946 feet above northwest North Carolina, and offers 360-degree panoramic views of mountain ridge after mountain ridge retreating into the horizon. Nature Trails, Wildlife preserves, this place has it all.

Wahoo Adventure Whitewater Rafting

Voted two time outfitter of the year, raft the Watauga in style. Wahoo has consistently offered the highest quality whitewater rafting, canoeing, and tubing available. Located in Boone, NC.

Need something a bit slower paced? They offer family rafting trips and lazy river floats as well! Approximately 1 hour away.

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