Lake James State Park
ElevationAscent: 607' 185 m
Descent: -608' -185 m
High: 1,390' 424 m
Low: 1,206' 368 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“New Trails at Paddy's Creek!”— Paul Stahlschmidt
Family Friendly This route contains the Tindo Loops, true beginner singletrack, as well as very moderate intermediate trails in the Wimba loops for an appropriate progression. Swim Beach and Campground are nearby.
This featured ride follows all of the rideable trails at Lake James, including the beginner-rated Tindo Loops, West Wimba Loop, and East Wimba Loop.
These trails are all directional with one-way loops and two-way connectors. This review contains a description of the Wimba loops in a CLOCKWISE direction. The direction of Wimba loops rotates a couple times a year and will be signed in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction.
After completing the Tindo Loops, follow the connector back toward the parking lot. Then turn left toward the Wimba loops and and a left on the West Wimba Loop, clockwise (see note regarding direction of the Wimba Loops in "Need to Know."
West Wimba is the longest of the two intermediate loops, approximately 6 miles. Climbs are short, and overall there are some fast flowy sections in this loop.
A short connector trail (two way traffic) takes you to the East Wimba Loop. East Wimba has more tight and twisty turns compared to West Wimba. It is also about 2 miles shorter, but takes you a good distance from the trailhead.
After completing East Wimba, take the connector back across the bridge to return and turn the appropriate signed direction on West Wimba.
2,915 acres were acquired for the park in 2004 from Crescent Resources Inc., separate from the original 605-acre state park opened in 1987. The Paddys Creek Area encompasses more than 30 miles of shoreline on the 6,812-acre lake.
The Northwest North Carolina Mountain Bike Alliance assist the park staff in maintaining the trails and are also involved in the planning for future trails.