Lake James is a pretty 10 square mile lake in possession of a shoreline of 150 miles.
Lake James is next to Drexel Community Fair where you may have plenty of fun. Optimistic RV Resort is a good campground nearby, and if you're here you can take a hike along the Yancey Ridge Trail. That right there is loads already, but it carries on; Lake James has it all. Don't forget to take a pleasant little visit to Linville River, and Lake James Dam is stunning.
It's a nice idea to explore Old Paddy Creek, it's right next door to Lake James; if you need a spot to stay Days Inn And Suites is a fine choice.