Just 20 minutes from Downtown Morganton on NC Hwy 126 is the main entrance of the Lake James State Park. Tucked away in rolling hills at the base of Linville Gorge, Lake James includes 6,510 surface acres with more than 150 miles of shoreline. Swimming, canoeing, fishing, and hiking. Picnic areas, bathhouse, and restrooms. Trails, camping, and guided ranger tours and activities. 83 campsites range from boat-in only to car and walk-in sites.