Broadening the Appeal of Existing Outdoor Assets Since its creation in the early 1920s, Lake James has entertained many a hiker, fisherman, kayaker, and just about every other kind of outdoor enthusiast. The more recent expansion of the adjacent Lake James State Park has broadened the recreational appeal of the area. Families can now be found camping, picnicking, swimming, and mountain biking along this publicly accessible area. As with any such recreational amenity, connectivity and access are key. The 6,812-acre lake has multiple access points, and dozens of miles of trails cut their way through the Lake James State Park. However, underutilized and unconnected areas around Lake James have long been a hindrance to fully optimizing this one-of-a-kind regional asset. The need for a comprehensive planning approach was clear for some time. Working alongside local, regional, and state partners, DbD sought out to achieve just that – a master plan for the Fonta Flora State Trail – Lake James section.