park will open 20 new boat in only campsites later this fall, and a 30 site drive in tent loop is now in the design phase, set to open in 2016, Coffey said. A new section of the Overmountain Victory Trail was opened for hiking this year, and Coffey has been able to add a ranger dedicated to nature related programs.
Mountain biking trails driving visitors to Lake James
The scenic park in the shadow of the Linville Gorge Wilderness, has about 35 miles of shoreline and over 3,500 acres. Lake James has a total of 150 miles of shoreline, much of which is privately owned. Last year Lake James had 400,000 visitors, the most visited of all WNC's state parks.
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"We have noticed a huge visitation this summer, from the canoe and kayak rentals and concession stand," Coffey said. The park just opened more than 14 miles of mountain biking trails this spring, for beginner through intermediate riders, which has Puma Alexander Mcqueen 2018 also contributed to the boost in popularity.
"Once we open more camping, we're going to be really busy all the time. The drive in camping and mountain biking will turn us into a year round park," she said.
"Memorial Day weekend and 4th of July weekend the parking lot was completely full. Overall during week, the picnic areas and campgrounds are full. They book up a couple weeks in advance."
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this summer, but even before then, visitation has "exploded," said superintendent Nora Coffey.
Carolina outdoors lovers. The park on the border of McDowell and Burke counties is expanding its outdoor recreation, from hiking trails to new mountain biking trails, and even some boat in camping sites are in the works.
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