What sets Crescent Communities on Lake James apart from other mountain lake living communities is its commitment to lake and land stewardship. Set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Lake James offers striking views of the protected lands of the sprawling Lake James State Park and Blue Ridge Mountains paired with the daily excitement of a lake adventure center, with full-time activities staff who make it the place where the lake and its adventures come alive for residents.
Crescent's guiding architectural vision is founded on a commitment to respecting the area's tradition of conservation and provides stewardship on preserving the land with its native flora and fauna for future generations. Crescent worked with local, state and national partners to develop its guidelines, which are meant to ensure the lake remains as unspoiled as it is today for generations to come.
Lake James is surrounded by an amazing collection of state and national parks, and a linear National Park and 3.5 miles of new pathways on the Overmountain Victory Trail run through Lake James. Lake James is a 90-minute drive from Charlotte, North Carolina and 45 minutes from Asheville, North Carolina. Send me information now!
Acreage 2,275 acres (940 hectares)
Club Structure All owners and any future Crescent community on Lake James are members of Camp Lake James. A limited number of recreational licenses are available.
Recreation Extensive walking trails, state and national parks, waterfront activities, boat slips, canoe and kayak expeditions, outdoor pavilions, numerous opportunities for bird and deer watching and snow skiing, as well as fishing nearby. Local North Carolina towns offer Appalachian arts communities, historic sites, dining, motor sports and fall foliage. And, all lake-access lots have a dedicated boat slip in community docks.
Walking Trails An extensive network of trails runs through Lake James. Trails connect residents to Camp Lake James and the Lake James State Park. A 3.5 mile portion of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail also runs through Lake James, and will eventually connect to the Mountains to the Sea Trail, allowing hikers to travel the entire width of North Carolina.
Snow Skiing The high country of western North Carolina is a popular skiing and snowboarding destination. Residents have easy access to nearby ski resorts including Appalachian Ski Mountain, Sugar Mountain Resort, and Ski Beech, each located within an hour to an hour and a half away.
Lake Set against the Linville Gorge Wilderness and the Pisgah National Forest, Lake James is the first in North Carolina’s Catawba chain of lakes, offering 150 miles of shoreline and more than 6,800 surface acres, ideal for water skiing, boating and fishing. Additionally, the Lake James State Park features several hiking trails, a swimming area, campsites and picnicking.
Fishing With cool, deep waters and warm surface waters, Lake James provides a variety of sport fishing including largemouth bass, walleye, and white bass.
Rentals Managed by the staff of Lake James, rental cabins can easily accommodate a couple’s getaway or a family reunion. Nightly rates start at $300 and include full member privileges to amenities in the Lake James community.
Location Lake James is conveniently located in the heart of western North Carolina. Less than 90 minutes from Charlotte, 45 minutes from Asheville and minutes away from state and national parks and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Lakeside Adventure Center Crescent's lake adventure center offers residents a home base for daily recreation and social gathering, with a full-time management and activities staff to organize community events, nature tours and other activities. Facilities include a social hall with a fitness center and snack bar, two swimming pools, tennis courts, activity fields, an amphitheater and a fishing hole.